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Chinese smartphone brands in India wiping out Indian OEMs Xiaomi tops charts

first_img Close India is a lucrative market for smartphone manufacturers, which has attracted the biggest players in the biz to this part of the sub-continent. Chinese players have flocked in huge numbers to India in order to take advantage of the growing business, fame and profits. As a result, brands like Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, and others have witnessed record growth and almost eliminating the local competition out of the race.According to the latest report by Counterpoint Research, Chinese brands’ market share in India now stands at a whopping 66 percent during the first quarter of 2019. The sales volume of the Chinese smartphone makers alone grew 20 percent year-on-year in India.”India’s smartphone market continues to attract a lot of attention from Global and Chinese players. Data consumption is on the rise and users are upgrading their phones faster as compared to other regions. This has led to users spending more on their purchase which is driving up the overall average selling price (ASP) in the market. As a result of this, the premium specs are now diffusing faster into the mid-tier price brands. We estimate this trend to continue leading to a competitive mid-tier segment in coming quarters,” Tarun Pathak, Associate Director at Counterpoint, said in a statement. Xiaomi logo displayed on the screen ahead of the product showcase event in New Delhi.KVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaKeeping in mind the biggest selling points, Chinese OEMs deliver products that appeal to the masses. Xiaomi continued its dominance in the market despite a drop in the market share to 29 percent in Q1 2019 from 31 percent in the same quarter last year. Of the top five best-selling phones in the quarter, three belonged to Xiaomi. The Redmi 6A was the top seller, followed by Redmi Note 6 Pro and Redmi Y2.Samsung’s revamped strategies to better compete against Chinese rivals helped the Korean tech giant hold its ground. It acquired 23 percent market share in the first quarter this year, and two of its recent releases Galaxy M20 and Galaxy A50 were the fourth and fifth best sellers in the quarter. Samsung is also the only non-Chinese OEM to make it to the top five. Samsung said Wednesday that it would spend Rs 4,915 crore to expand its Noida plant on an additional 35 acres of land. In this picture, a Samsung logo is displayed above a check-out counter at a Samsung showroom in Seoul on July 31, 2014.ED JONES/AFP/Getty ImagesWhile Xiaomi and Samsung’s dominance was quite expected, Vivo’s growth was remarkable. The company ranked third, capturing 12 percent share in the market and shipment volumes jumped 119 percent. Aggressive marketing and expanding portfolio in the mid-tier segment drove Vivo’s growth.Interestingly, Realme, a new entrant made it to the list, with 7 percent market share in Q1 2019, while Oppo came in at fifth slot. Oppo witnessed 28 percent YoY growth, the report added.As for Indian brands, 2019 is not off to a great start and their future looks bleak. “Indian brands reached their lowest ever share due to ongoing competition in the smartphone segment. Lack of refresh, strong competition and slow growth of the entry-level segment where they had strong share were some of the reason for their decline,” Counterpoint noted. Is Redmi Note 7 the new-age Nokia 3310?center_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:25Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:25?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

The Rise and Fall of Rosenwald Schools

first_imgBy J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFROThe Howard County Historical Society hosted a lecture on a disappearing history of Black education, Friday.“Lunch Date With History,” an ongoing lecture series at the Museum of Howard County History, hosted a talk with docent Mattie Hays about the story of Rosenwald Schools.Numbering more than 5,000, Rosenwald Schools were a joint project between Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald.The Howard County Historical Society (Courtesy Image/Logo)Rosenwald, the son of German-Jewish immigrants and clothier by trade, steadily rose from lead supplier, to investor, to president and finally chairman of Sears Roebuck in the first half of the 20th century. Simultaneously, Washington was rising to eminence as a leader in the mission of Black education in the post-Reconstruction and solidifying Jim Crow Era.Washington’s network of contacts, labor and intelligentsia, combined with Rosenwald’s vast wealth in a pilot program of six schools overseen by Washington’s Tuskegee Institute.Both proponents of Washington’s theories on self help, Rosenwald insisted on matching funds from Black and White communities when the program expanded across the South.Blacks raised $4.7 million to contribute. When cash was unavailable, the Rosenwald Fund would accept labor.Rosenwald schools were most numerous in the former Confederacy, but Rosenwald schools came to Maryland. They were established in the counties of Prince George’s, Anne Arundel, Wicomico, Montgomery and the aforementioned Howard.A 2011 Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago study found a significant relationship between the development of these schools and the rise in test scoring, literacy and Northern migration of its students.In the end, the Rosenwald Fund established schools in 15 states and almost 900 counties.The end came with Brown v. Board of Education. With the Supreme Court’s unanimous opinion that public schools desegregate, and Brown II’s opinion that it be swift, these all-Black schools were abandoned. The overwhelming majority of those schools that were not outright demolished succumbed to neglect.Even in their heyday, Rosenwald schools never achieved the funding or quality of White schools.There is currently some effort to preserve the structures that remain as historically significant reminders of the value of education and investment in the Black community. The Highland Park School in Prince George’s County, a former Rosenwald structure, continues to operate as a Head Start Center.last_img read more

Toshiba plans rollout of entirehome battery system

first_img More specifically, on a full charge, the Toshiba system is reportedly capable of powering lighting equipment (100W), refrigerator (160W), TV (150W) and personal computer (30W) for about 12 hours. Recharging takes about five hours. A rapid-charge mode cuts it down to two hours. The output power of the eneGoon is 3.0kVA, which Toshiba claims is the highest output power of a home-use electricity storage system in the industry The system’s key component is Toshiba’s “SCiB” lithium-ion rechargeable battery which has a capacity of 6.6kWh, considered relatively high for a home battery system. Since 2010, Toshiba has promoted its ability to put battery technology on the fast track with the SCiB, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The company says its advantages include minimal capacity loss, a high level of safety, and long life of more than 6,000 charge-discharge cycles, along with high power output performance.Toshiba Lighting and Technology will launch eneGoon in November in Japan. There was no information on pricing at the time of this writing. According to Tech-On, the eneGoon’s maximum power output is 3.0kVA and it can power appliances up to 200V. The product is going to appear in November in Japan but that does not deter outsiders from taking an interested look at what Toshiba has developed, at a time when better solutions for storage batteries that can cost less and do more, longer, are goals everywhere. © 2012 Phys.org Explore further Toshiba’s SCiB rechargeable battery selected for new electric vehicles This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Toshiba plans rollout of entire-home battery system (2012, September 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-toshiba-rollout-entire-home-battery.html (Phys.org)—Japan’s residents well know the difficulties of power outages; unsurprisingly, efforts toward smarter solutions for backup power options are top priority for R&D at companies like Toshiba. The company plans to roll out a home storage battery system that can keep appliances running for a good part of the day. Toshiba Corp and Toshiba Lighting and Technology Corp have developed a storage battery system that makes use of the company’s technology for rechargeable batteries. The system is called eneGoon, and it can do the work in the event of a power shortage to power up the gamut of frequently used household appliances Toshiba says eneGoon can powering a home dweller’s refrigerator, TV, PC, and lights for 12 hours on a full charge.last_img read more

Kolkata International Childrens Film Festival to be held from January 2027

first_imgKolkata: The eighth edition of the Kolkata International Children’s Film Festival organised by Sishu Kishore Akademi (SKA) will be held from January 20 to 27 at eight venues in Kolkata. The festival will screen around 200 films from 35 countries.The inaugural film will be Walking With the Wind directed by Praveen Morchhale that has won three national awards in sound designing, best audiography and best Ladakhi film. Films from countries like Brazil, Estonia, Ireland, Italy, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Portugal, Norway and Romania have been newly added in the Festival. There will be seven films from Iran. Apart from Nandan I, II and III, Rabindra Sadan, Sisir Mancha, Ahindra Mancha, Rabindra Tirtha, Rabindra Okakura Bhavan and Star Theatre will be the venues for the festival. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe films that will be screened has been divided into several categories like Sci Fi, blockbuster, seven classics, retrospective, literature and cinema and world cinema to name a few. The festival will also pay tribute to noted filmmaker Mrinal Sen who died recently. State Education minister Partha Chatterjee, state Public Works Department minister Aroop Biswas, Minister of State for Information and Cultural Affairs department Indranil Sen, filmmaker Sandip Ray and Arpita Ghose, Chairperson of SKA, will be present at the inaugural ceremony that will be held on January 20 at Nandan I. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThere will be an exhibition on Sci Fi at Gaganendra Pradarshanshala and another exhibition at Rabindra Okakura Bhavan on Evolution of Camera. The special publication for this year are Goopi Gyne Bagha Byne 50 edited by Sandip Ray and Icche Danar Ora Uri — a compilation of personal anecdotes of film personalities which will be launched during the inaugural programme. The closing film will be Jim, Button & Luke — The Engine Driver of Germany directed by Dennis Gansel. The announcement regarding the details of the event was made by Indranil Sen in presence of SKA chairperson Arpita Ghosh and filmmaker Sandip Ray. The details on the timing and venue of the films will soon be made available on the website of SKA. It may be mentioned that similar to the Kolkata International Film Festival, the Kolkata International Children’s Film Festival has also reached a new height with several steps taken by the Mamata Banerjee government.last_img read more