Thursday, July 12, 2018

IDC: 2Q 2018: WorldWide PC market share: HP 23.9%, Lenovo 22.1%, Dell 18.1%, says IDC.

 Preliminary results for the second quarter of 2018 (2Q18) showed shipments of traditional PCs (desktop, notebook, and workstation) totaled 62.3 million units, recording solid year-on-year growth of 2.7%, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker. The results exceeded IDC's forecast of 0.3% growth and marks the strongest year-on-year growth rate in more than six years, when the first quarter of 2012 posted growth of 4.2%.

Although helped to some extent by a weak second quarter in 2017, which was somewhat impacted by key component issues, the 2Q18 results decidedly bucked the trend from the previous three quarters, which had the market hovering slightly above or below flat growth. Once again business volume appeared to be the key driver with the top three companies reaping benefits across both desktop and notebook. Moreover, the market continued to grow for both premium as well as entry models. Chrome OS-based devices, premium notebooks, and gaming PCs all further fueled the mix in the wake of improved supply and prices of graphic cards.

Not surprisingly, the recovery is relegated to the highest echelon of the market as the top 5 companies all posted positive year-on-year growth, collectively growing over 7% and capturing nearly 78% of the overall market. Scale, be it in the form of purchasing power to reduce costs, obtain scarce components, or channel reach, continued to be the catalyst for industry consolidation. From a geographic perspective, all regions exceeded forecast, with both mature and emerging markets seeing good activity. The US market delivered another growth quarter after coming in just below flat in 2017.

"Although traditional PCs may not be the default device for many usage scenarios, the market continues to show pockets of resiliency as PC usage experience evolves and improves," said Jay Chou, research manager with IDC's Personal Computing Device Tracker. "Even certain types of desktops are seeing growth amid this business-driven refresh cycle."

"Results for the first half of 2018 have been encouraging for the US PC market despite market challenges that surfaced including expected slowdown of Chromebooks amid production inhibitors," said Neha Mahajan, senior research analyst, Devices & Displays. "And with sentiment looking improved for the second half of the year, the US could deliver a strong market performance for the year."

Regional Highlights

USA – The traditional PC market registered its second consecutive quarter of year-on-year shipment growth with a total of 17.3 million units. The desktop market saw shipments rising after a long decline with growth being driven by increased commercial purchases and supported by growing consumer demand for gaming systems. The enterprise shift to Windows 10 and an overall positive economic environment also helped maintain momentum on the notebook side.

Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) – The traditional PC market experienced modest growth, owing to a further wave of device renewals in the commercial space. Despite the trend toward mobility, desktops once again played a strong role in driving the overall performance of the market.

Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (APeJ) – The traditional PC market came close to IDC's forecast, supported by positive results in India, where better than expected consumer demand and good traction in the commercial market drove shipments. Meanwhile, the Department of Education project contributed to a strong increase in the commercial space in the Philippines. The PC market in China performed above expectations, as better than forecasted sales and the launch of new models during the 618 Festival contributed to higher sell-in of consumer notebooks. On the other hand, the China commercial PC market remained impacted by weak shipments to SMBs and the public sector.

Japan – The market came in above expectations as commercial demand helped desktop and notebooks alike to exceed the forecast.

Company Highlights

HP Inc. continued see results from its strong portfolio and execution. It extended its streak of consecutive quarters of year-on-year growth, further cementing its hold over all others in the market. HP Inc. grew 7.6% on the year with growth in all regions.

Lenovo whose majority stake in its joint venture with Fujitsu took effect in 2Q18, came off with a good start. The company rode the wave of healthy refresh momentum in Japan as well as recovering channel efforts in North America to grow 11.3% year on year (which includes Fujitsu volume beginning in 2Q18). All regions showed year-on-year growth.

Dell Inc., following a good 1Q18 result, posted strong growth of 9.0%, buoyed by strong performances in nearly all regions.

Apple finished the quarter in the 4th position with nearly flat year-on-year growth.

Acer held the 5th position, growing 1.3% year on year. Its focus on gaming and Chrome continues to help, but weakness on the commercial side also deprives it of much of the current market momentum. 

2Q 2018: USA PC market share: HP 29.3%, Dell 28.6%, Lenovo 14.9%, says Gartner.

In the U.S. PC market, the industry returned to growth after six consecutive quarters of shipment declines. In the second quarter of 2018, U.S. PC shipments totaled 14.5 million units, a 1.7 percent increase from the same period last year (see Table 2). HP Inc. continued to be the market leader in the U.S., but Dell closed the gap, as Dell's U.S. PC shipments increased 7.2 percent.

"In the U.S., business PC demand was particularly strong among the public sector as the second quarter is typically PC buying season among government and education buyers," Ms. Kitagawa said. "Desk-based PC growth was attributed to continued high usage of desk-based PCs in the U.S. public sectors. Mobile PCs grew in the U.S., but strong Chromebook demand in the education market adversely affected PC growth. Overall, Chromebooks grew 8 percent in the U.S., but Chromebooks are not included in the PC market statistics."

2Q 2018: WolrdWide PC market share: Lenovo 21.9%, HP 21.9%, Dell 16.8%, says Gartner.

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 62.1 million units in the second quarter of 2018, a 1.4 percent increase from the second quarter of 2017, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. This is the first quarter of year-over-year global PC shipment growth since the first quarter of 2012.

All regions experienced some growth compared with a year ago. While the results are a positive result for the PC industry, Gartner analysts said this sign of market stability is not enough to declare a PC industry recovery just yet.

"PC shipment growth in the second quarter of 2018 was driven by demand in the business market, which was offset by declining shipments in the consumer segment," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. "In the consumer space, the fundamental market structure, due to changes on PC user behavior, still remains, and continues to impact market growth. Consumers are using their smartphones for even more daily tasks, such as checking social media, calendaring, banking and shopping, which is reducing the need for a consumer PC.

"In the business segment, PC momentum will weaken in two years when the replacement peak for Windows 10 passes. PC vendors should look for ways to maintain growth in the business market as the Windows 10 upgrade cycle tails off."

With the completion of Lenovo's joint venture with Fujitsu, three out of four PCs were shipped by the top five PC vendors in the second quarter of 2018. With the inclusion of Fujitsu’s PC shipments due to the joint venture (a formation of Joint Venture with Fujitsu), Lenovo was in a virtual tie with HP Inc. for the top spot in the second quarter of 2018 based on global PC shipments (see Table 1). All of the top five PC vendors experienced an increase in worldwide PC shipments in the quarter.

HP Inc. had its third consecutive quarter of year-over-year PC shipment growth. HP Inc. maintained steady growth across all regions, except the U.S. In the other regions, its shipment growth well exceeded the regional averages. Lenovo experienced its highest growth rate since the first quarter of 2015.

While Dell's competitors have shown PC shipment declines periodically in the past two years, Dell's shipments did not decline during this time because of its strong focus on growth areas, especially in the commercial segment, as well as cutting off unprofitable businesses.

PC shipments in EMEA reached 17.4 million units in the second quarter of 2018, a 1.3 percent increase year over year. In Western Europe, demand was strong for business PCs in Germany and the U.K. Eurasia, which includes Russia, remained the growth region in EMEA. While the second quarter is usually a slower quarter in terms of PC demand, several countries, such as Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, continued to see increasing consumer demand.

PC shipments in Asia/Pacific totaled 21.3 million units, a 0.1 percent increase from the second quarter of 2017. India, Indonesia, Thailand and other emerging markets in Asia showed improvement in the commercial segment due to demand for replacing aging PCs and upgrading to Windows 10. In China, PC shipments declined 3.6 percent year over year as some business procurements have been postponed to 2019, and the consumer market is saturated.

These results are preliminary. Final statistics will be available soon to clients of Gartner's PC Quarterly Statistics Worldwide by Region program. This program offers a comprehensive and timely picture of the worldwide PC market, allowing product planning, distribution, marketing and sales organizations to keep abreast of key issues and their future implications around the globe.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in its splendor leaks on promo poster.

The guys from slashleaks posted a recent leaked promo poster of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 as NEW SUPER POWERFUL NOTE with ports for the charger micro USB, the S Pen slot , speakers and the headphone jack. Apparently there are 3 rear cameras with flash and the fingerprint sensor right below.

The poster is not showing the front display of the mobile. And that is very mysterious. New secret feature? FOD?

The S Pen is  flat with a rectangular shape. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

IFA 2018: Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 SM-T835 leaked in 3 colors. Specifications.

@evleaks just posted today on twitter a picture of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 tablet white with the optional keyboard but with a S Pen:



TechRadar has two more colors: Black and Silver:

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 S Pen with no clip.


Android 8.1.0
dimensions of 249.3 x 164.3mm
2.3GHz octa-core chipset, which is likely the Snapdragon 835
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 540
10.5 inch display 1600 x 2560
64GB storage, micro SD support.
12MP rear camera, 7MP front camera.
LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, 802.11ac Wi-Fi. 
Audio Tuned by AKG

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is expected to be unveiled at IFA 2018 alongside the Gear S4 smartwatch in August 24.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Samsung Galaxy S10+ will sport 2 front cameras and 3 rear cameras.

Galaxy A8 dual front cameras

The Samsung Galaxy S10+  is rumored to arrive at CES 2019 or at MWC 2019. Other sources are saying the Galaxy X foldable will be unveiled at CES 2019 and others at MWC 2019 .

Either CES 2019 or MWC 2019 the Galaxy S10+ is coming alongside with the S10 and maybe a mid range S10 version as well.

Now to the point.

The Galaxy is expected to be unveiled sporting  2 front cameras: 
The front-facing camera setup on the new Galaxy S10+ will be similar to what we’ve already seen on Samsung’s Galaxy A8 smartphone. It’ll apparently feature a standard camera sensor and a secondary telephoto sensor that will enable Portrait Mode selfies with a blurred background similar to what you would see in photos captured with a DSLR.

And  3 rear cameras:
The upcoming Galaxy S10+ will feature a dual-lens system that’s similar to the one currently included in the Galaxy S9+, but it will add a new ultra-wide-angle lens to the mix. Specifically, The Bell says we can expect a 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor, a 12-megapixel telephoto sensor for optical zoom and Portrait Mode photos, and a new 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor. The report notes that the main wide-angle camera has a 77-degree lens, while the new ultra-wide-angle camera will have a 120-degree angle of view.

TheBellKorea via BGR

Before related post:
Samsung Galaxy S10 5.8 inch and Galaxy S10+ 6.3 inch may arrive with Fingertip On Display (FOD) technology.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

I just bought these great affordable hiking shoes on Amazon.

These Merrel hiking shoes looks good and the price now is very affordable $35.-(normal price $100.-) Has one customer review and convinced me to buy. Take a look:

I also bought these HIFEOS hiking waterproof boots has a lot of good reviews and the price is affordable $57.- and has good looking:

Friday, July 6, 2018

LG launches CITYHUB, a IoT-linked smart city platform.

LG CNS, the information technology services unit of South Korea’s LG Group, announced Thursday the launch of a comprehensive smart city management platform that collects and analyzes data generated and sent by various city infrastructure via internet of things technology.

Tentatively named “Cityhub,” the smart city platform collects data from IoT sensors attached on vehicles, buildings, transportation infrastructure and street lights. Such data can also be analyzed via LG CNS’ artificial intelligence engines to design, build and provide intelligent services, the firm said. 

Cityhub also boasts compatibility with a wide range of devices. The platform supports not only the international IoT standard oneM2M, but 98 other IoT standards used by specific industries such as logistics, manufacturing and distribution. 

For this reason, LG CNS expects the platform to serve as a united “control tower” for smart cities which monitors and manages IoT-powered services in various areas of importance including transportation, safety, energy and environment. 

“With widespread connectivity, Cityhub can singlehandedly collect and manage IoT-based data from different industries, without having to develop additional platforms to account for differing telecommunication standards,” the company said. 

LG CNS expects to remain a forerunner in the realm of smart city management technologies, as it was the first private company to earn the Korean government’s smart city platform solution certification.

The certification, issued by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and Korea’s Telecommunications Technology Association, is required for companies seeking to supply their own smart city platforms and dependent services to government organizations. Previously, private actors wishing to provide smart city services to state-affiliated entities were required to develop them using government-developed platforms only. 

LG CNS is already participating in efforts to build high-tech cities across Korea, including smart urban planning projects with Sejong City, Jeju Island, Haenam County in South Jeolla Province and Magok District of Seoul. 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 SM-N960F/DS UNLOCKED Dual-SIM coming to Europe.

Samsung support online pages on several european countries are now showing a SM-N960F/DS model number which is the Galaxy Note 9 UNLOCKED Dual-SIM version that is usually available for Europe as it is for the SGN8.

The support pages are currently live in FranceFinlandDenmarkNorway, and Sweden.

Before related post:

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 may arrive with 6.44 inch Infinity display instead 6.3 inch.

According to the investor from Korea, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 may arrive in August 9, 2018 with a 6.44 inch Infinity Display instead of the 6.3 inch planned before, as an answer to the iPhone new model with 6.46 inch display coming in September.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Specifications at this time so far:

Android 8.1.0 Oreo
Infinity Display 6.44 inch 2960 x1440
Battery 4000 mAh
Samsung wireless charger 12 volts 2.1 amperes.
0.2 m.m thicker than the SGN8
Bixby 2.0 button
3.5 m.m headphone jack.
S Pen with remote control and Bluetooth. (maybe playback music control)
64 and 128GB versions with 6GB RAM and 512GB with 8GB RAM
micro SD card slot.

Before related post:

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 UNLOCKED SM-N960F with Exynos 9810 stops by Geekbench.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Model number SM-N960F Unlocked version with Exynos 9810 stops by GeekBench and shows 6GB RAM and Android 8.1.0. Oreo 

The device Exynos 9810 cpu  performed score was 3716 at single core and 8984 at multi core.

The SM-N960U for the USA is powered by a Qualcomm`s Snapdragon 845 The SM-N960N destined for South Korea with the Exynos 9810 chip.

Android 8.1.0 Oreo
Infinity Display 6.3 inch 2960 x1440
Battery 4000 mAh
Samsung wireless charger 12 volts 2.1 amperes.
0.2 m.m thicker than the SGN8
Bixby 2.0 button
3.5 m.m headphone jack.
S Pen with remote control and Bluetooth. (maybe playback music control)
64 and 128GB versions with 6GB RAM and 512GB with 8GB RAM
micro SD card slot.

IDC: 2Q 2018: WorldWide PC market share: HP 23.9%, Lenovo 22.1%, Dell 18.1%, says IDC.

 Preliminary results for the second quarter of 2018 (2Q18) showed shipments of traditional PCs (desktop, notebook, and workstation) tota...

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