Xiaomi Beats Apple To Become The 3rd Biggest Smartphone In The World

Xiaomi Beats Apple To Become The 3rd Biggest Smartphone In The World

Xiaomi Beats Apple To Become The 3rd Biggest Smartphone In The World


The worldwide smartphone market showed signs of improvement in the third quarter of 2020 (3Q20) with shipments declining just 1.3% year over year, according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. In total, 353.6 million smartphones were shipped during 3Q20 and while the market declined, the results were stronger than IDC's previous forecast of a 9% year-over-year decline. This is largely attributed to the re-opening of economies around the globe as COVID-19 restrictions were gradually relaxed.

An important trend on the road to market recovery is a faster than expected rebound in some key emerging markets. India, which is the second largest market globally, witnessed very strong volumes during the quarter despite further concerns around the COVID pandemic. Other emerging markets, such as Brazil, Indonesia, and Russia, which rank fourth, fifth, and sixth in the world, also experienced strong growth.

"Although there was an element of pent-up demand that fueled market growth, it was mainly the array of heavy promotions and discounts that accelerated growth in these markets," said Nabila Popal, research director with IDC's Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers. "In India, distance learning has actually boosted the demand for low-end smartphones as they are a more affordable option compared to tablets. The increased low-end demand only further increases competition and adds pressure to the vendors' bottom line."

Xiaomi Beats Apple To Become The 3rd Biggest Smartphone In The World

Xiaomi Beats Apple To Become The 3rd Biggest Smartphone In The World


Larger, more developed markets like China, Western Europe, and North America all witnessed the largest declines in 3Q20. Given these are the largest markets for Apple, the month delay in the iPhone 12 launch contributed to the decline. However, across many of these markets 5G promotions are starting to heat up and a full array of products is quickly becoming available to consumers at all price points.

"While some of the topline numbers may not seem pretty, we are seeing a lot of improvement in the smartphone market both in terms of supply chains and consumer demand," said Ryan Reith, program vice president with IDC's Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers. "In the large developed markets, it is very clear that 5G will be positioned to most consumers as their next phone regardless of which brand or price point they are focused on. Marketing has ramped up significantly. Products are widely available. Promotions are happening. And it's clear that the top sales initiative in these markets is to push 5G. Having said this, we still believe consumer demand for 5G is minimal at best, which only adds to the price pressure on channels and OEMs."

Smartphone Company Highlights

Samsung reclaimed the top position in 3Q20 with a market share of 22.7% after shipping 80.4 million smartphones, up 2.9% year over year. In India, the largest market for Samsung and accounting for 15% of total volume, the brand significantly improved its position with close to 40% growth year over year thanks to its strong performance in the under $250 price segment and the online channel where its M series models did quite well. In the U.S., Samsung's second largest market, momentum was strong for the A series with good performances from the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra as well, which contributed to almost 20% of total volume in 3Q20.

Huawei lost the top spot and settled into the second position in 3Q20 with 51.9 million smartphones shipped and 14.7% share. The vendor suffered a large drop – down 22% year over year – with continued declines in international markets and a drop of more than 15% in China. The company continues to face challenges due to the ever increasing impact of the U.S. sanctions, which are taking a toll on its performance even in China as the brand is trying to pace out its shipments over a longer period.

Xiaomi shipped 46.5 million devices to grab the number 3 position globally, beating Apple for the first time with 13.1% share and 42.0% growth. This is due to strong gains in India and a continued strong presence in China, which accounted for 53% of the company's volume in 3Q20. In India, Xiaomi's production capacity recovered to nearly 85% of its pre-pandemic level, which helped it cater to strong demand. Xiaomi's low-end portfolio, particularly the Redmi 9 Series, did well in both India and China. Xiaomi also launched the mid-range Redmi K30 Ultra and high-end MI 10 Ultra in China, which further captured consumers' attention.

Xiaomi grew 75% QoQ to grab 13% share for the quarter. Notably, this was also the first time when Xiaomi surpassed Apple to capture the third spot. Research Analyst Abhilash Kumar said, “Xiaomi reached its highest-ever shipments at 46.2 million units in Q3 2020. In China, Xiaomi’s struggle for growth ended and shipments were up 28% YoY and 35% QoQ. This impressive show by Xiaomi in China was driven by a series of campaigns and promotions during the brand’s decennial celebrations in August. Also, in new markets like LATAM, Europe and the MEA, Xiaomi’s share expanded rapidly at the expense of Huawei amid US-China trade sanctions. The brand is also performing well in Southeast Asian markets like Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam.”

Xiaomi


Apple shipped 41.6 million iPhones in 3Q20, down 10.6% year over year, which placed the company in fourth for the first time with 11.8% share. This drop was expected and is mainly due to the delay in the launch of the new iPhone 12 series, which is usually in the third quarter. Regardless, the iPhone 11 series did exceptionally well, contributing the majority of Apple's volume, followed by the SE device. Looking ahead, we expect Apple to grow in coming quarters with strong early demand for iPhone 12 paired with robust trade-in offers across major carriers, especially in the U.S.

vivo returned to the Top 5 this quarter with 31.5 million units shipped for 4.2% year-over-year growth and 8.9% market share. Although the company is trying to grow its presence in other markets, India delivered massive growth of nearly 30% year over year in its low-end models under $200. In China, the brand enhanced the market positions of its S, iQOO, and X series phones that helped continue its strong presence there.

Source: IDC

How To Easily Receive Money From UK Into Your Wema Bank Account

 How To Easily Receive Money From UK Into Your Wema Bank Account

How To Easily Receive Money From UK Into Your Wema Bank Account

Great News for Wema bank users as Wema Bank partners with Oya Money Transfer to make remittances from the UK.
The process is faster, easier and safer for Wema bank  customers.

With Oya app, you can now receive money securely from the UK into your Wema Bank account within minutes. Is this not wonderful?  Below is the procedure on how to use the Oya money.

Procedures
Sending money with Oya is easy. Your sender needs to download the Oya mobile app and sign up for free. The sign up process takes less than 5 minutes. Oya will keep them updated about their transfer every step of the way.

 The 1st two transfers with Oya are fee free.

Inform your family, friends and business partners in the UK about Oya. Let them know they can now easily transfer funds to you within minutes. 
Ask them to search for Oya' in the App Store if their choice.
Oya is available only in the UK for both iOS and Android devices.

GLO Introduces WTF Social Bundle Plans

 GLO Introduces WTF Social Bundle Plans

GLO Introduces WTF Social Plans


GLO Introduces WTF Social Bundle Plans. The WTF stands for whatsapp, facebook and twitter.
This plan is for those that love spending much time on social media such as facebook, twitter & whatsapp, and can't subscribe to normal monthly Data plans as a result of the high costs. 

The Prices include:
100MB for N25, 1Day
200MB for N50, 7Days
500MB for N100, 30Days

How to subscribe to WTF plan
Follow the steps below 
  • Dial *777#, Select 1 (Data) 
  • Select 1 (buy data plan) 
  • Select 1 or 2 to choose between on off or auto renewal
  • Select 6 (social bundles) 
  • Finally, select 1, then you choose from the list, and select the one you can afford.
Other social bundle plans include YouTube, Tiktok, Telegram, and instagram. These are single social plans and can also be accessed using the above steps. 

Meaning of Bounce Rate and Why It Matters

 Meaning of Bounce Rate and Why It Matters

Meaning of Bounce Rate and Why It Matters

A “bounce” occurs when a user visits your website and leaves without interacting further with your site. Your bounce rate shows you the percentage of your visitors who bounce off of your site.
By default, Google Analytics considers a visitor to have interacted with your site if they visited at least one additional page.

Bounce rate is the average number of bounces across all of your pages divided by the total number of visits across all of those pages within the same period.

You can track the bounce rate of a single page or a segment or section of your site using Google Analytics 
The bounce rate of a single page is exactly what it sounds like. It’s the total number of bounces divided by the total number of visits on a page. 

FACTORS THAT AFFECT BOUNCE RATE

1 Pop-up ads, surveys, music,or
streaming video
2. Search engine ranking of page (pages that rank higher on irrelevant keywords have higher bounce rates
3. Type of audience
4. Landing page design
5. Ads and landing page messages
6. Emails and newsletters
7. Load time of pages (longer load time=higher bounce rate
8. Links to external sites
9. Purpose of the page

TIPS TO IMPROVE BOUNCE RATE

1. Maintain top rankings for branded terms
2. Provide relevant content
3. Build a clear navigation path/menu
4. Link to a glossary page that defines
industry terms
5. Place search function prominently
6. Speed up pageload using Google Page
Speed plugin
7. Get rid of pop-up ads
8. Reduce external links (or have them
open in a new window)


Why Does Bounce Rate Matters? 

According to SEMrush, bounce rate is the fourth most important ranking factor on SERPs.
However, according to Google's Gary Illyes, Google does not use bounce rate in its algorithm metrics.

Google’s algorithm may not directly take bounce rate into account, but what it signifies is very important to it.
As of 2016, RankBrain was the third-most important ranking factor of Google’s algorithm.
If you’re not familiar with RankBrain, its main purpose is to improve users’ search results by better understanding their search intent.

If a user clicks on your page and leaves without any interaction, that could signal to RankBrain that your site isn’t what they’re looking for.
It makes it look like your result doesn’t match the searcher intent well. As a result, RankBrain says, “Maybe this page shouldn’t be so high in the results.”

If you understand bounce rate properly, it can tell you if your marketing strategy is effective and if your visitors are engaging with your content.
The key is to understand what your “target” is and break down your bounce rate in a way that provides meaning.

In conclusion, To help people engage with your content, be sure to improve your site’s readability, add imagery, optimize your CTAs, and use live chat. 

As a blogger or site owner, If you learnt something new, kindly share this on facebook for others to also learn. 

Why Airpods And Other Earbuds Are Bad For Your Hearing

 Why Airpods And Other Earbuds Are Bad For Your Hearing

Why Airpods And Other Earbuds Are Bad For Your Hearing

AirPods are wireless Bluetooth earbuds created by Apple. They were first released on December 13, 2016, with a 2nd generation released in 2019. They are Apple's lower-end wireless earbuds, sold alongside the premium AirPods Pro. Within two years, they became Apple's most popular accessory, turning into a critical success and viral sensation.
AirPods are everywhere — even though they’re pretty awful at what they do.
This style of earbud, which rests next to your ear canal but not quite inside it, offers practically zero noise isolation. In other words, AirPods, by far the most popular wireless earbuds, do a poor job overpowering noise like chattering colleagues or teens on the subway. The natural response is to turn the volume louder to compensate — which can quickly turn dangerous for your hearing.

Headphones, in and of themselves, are not a risk. You could listen all day at a low-to-middle volume without health worries. It’s only once you start listening to loud volumes for sustained periods of time that they can start damaging your ears.

And the type of headphones that are the most likely to cause hearing problems are these earbuds. A 2007 study found that adults turn up their music louder when they’re wearing earbuds than over-the-ear headphones. It also discovered that users wearing earbuds were more likely to turn up their volume to compensate for background noise (in this case, street noise and “multi-talker babble”) than people wearing over-the-ear headphones. A further study, from 2011, expanded on that research, finding that teens wearing earbuds turn their volume up to overcome background noise, some to harmful levels, more than those wearing noise-isolating, over-the-ear headphones.

Brian Fligor, an audiologist who has studied the impact of earbuds on hearing damage, says that people typically listen to their earbuds about 13 decibels higher than the background noise. If you’re wearing headphones or earbuds in a school classroom, where the background noise usually runs at about 60 decibels, and you turn your music up to 73 decibels to compensate, that should be fine for most people’s ears. But if you’re in a noisy coffee shop, where background noise is usually about 70 decibels, or on an airplane, where the noise typically reaches 80 decibels, things get dicey. “When the background noise induces [people] to listen 13 decibels louder than the background and the background is 70 decibels, now we’re talking about potential to do damage,” he says.

Public transportation is “the number one time and place for you to be exposed,” says Fligor. Noise level on subway platforms and inside trains is 94 decibels, and 20 percent of those spaces exceed 100. Add 13 decibels from turning up your earbuds, and we’re at anywhere from 107 to 113 decibels, yet people can only safely be exposed to 100-plus decibels for 15 minutes a day.

You can see the problem.

It’s likely that earbuds are contributing to widespread hearing damage among younger people. According to the American Osteopathic Association, approximately one in five teens today suffer some form of hearing damage, a rate that’s 30 percent higher than it was 20 years ago. The World Health Organization estimates that over “1 billion young people” are at risk of hearing loss, primarily from listening to music on headphones or earbuds.

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Adults, meanwhile, have experienced a leveling out in hearing loss — but societal factors indicate that that rate should have gone down, not stayed the same. “We’ve outsourced a lot of our manufacturing jobs and that’s where a lot of noise-induced hearing loss was coming from,” Fligor says. Disregarding hearing loss among those serving in the military, which is on the increase, people are generally much healthier than they were in past decades, and therefore, “our rate of hearing loss should be going down, and we know that it’s not,” says Fligor.


Why Airpods And Other Earbuds Are Bad For Your Hearing

It’s a whole lot cheaper to protect your hearing than it is to try to remediate your hearing,” says Fligor. “Hearing is outrageously precious. People take it for granted, they lose it, and then you can’t get it back.”

Dear readers, what do you think about this? 

How To Make Your Website Load Faster

 How To Make Your Website Load Faster

How To Make Your Website Load Faster

A high-performing website requires constant maintenance. This, in return, helps your rankings to grow, your conversions to improve, and your visitor traffic to increase. That’s why even the most experienced web developers will admit that a website’s work is never truly done.
So if you’re a web professional, small business owner, or even a solo blogger, don’t overlook your website’s need for speed. In order to keep your website’s performance in tiptop shape, even if you use Shared Hosting, read below to learn how to make your website load faster. 


Procedures on How To Make Your Website Load Faster
 

Measure Your Website’s Loading Speed

Firstly, you need to determine the current state of activities on your website by taking a look at what exactly takes so much time to load. 

To help you do this, there are several website performance evaluation tools that you can use, such as:

A good rule of thumb? If the tool indicates that your website takes 3 seconds or less to load, you’re in good shape. If it takes longer, it’s worth investigating the root cause. These tools are ultimately designed to show you the loading process for your website, each HTTP request made, and will offer recommendations on the critical aspects, if any. Oh and don’t forget to backup your website and database files before proceeding with any changes to your website itself. 

Be Sure It’s Not Hosting Issue

If your website seems to be loading very slow, this may be the result of shared server space or your website’s hosting provider. The latter might not be equipped to handle your content management system (CMS). 

The easiest way to test if the problem is actually with your hosting is to create a subfolder in your website’s root directory with an empty index file. From here, you’ll want to run a test of your website’s loading speed by using the empty webpage’s URL. This is a quick and easy way to test if the issue is indeed with the server response time or with your website’s optimization. 

If the empty webpage takes forever to load, we recommend reaching out to your server administrator or your respective hosting provider to check for any backend issues. If they identify an issue and confirm that they’ve sorted it out, run the test again but now with your actual website’s URL. 

If your website happens to run on WordPress, consider Managed WordPress Hosting. Fully optimized for website speed, this helps solve a variety of issues that could be slowing down your website.

Start Optimizing Your Content 

Try taking a look at your website’s content, which may or may not be properly optimized. In this case, when we refer to optimization, we’re mainly talking about images and media content.

So, how do you optimize your content? Here are a few ways:

  • To reduce image size, without compromising on quality, try compressing. Luckily, there are plenty of website plugins and mobile apps for image optimization, such as Kraken.io, Imagify and LitPhoto. If you use cPanel, the “Optimize Website” function also works well. 
  • Make sure to load images directly to your server. This gets rid of any unnecessary HTTP requests to load your images from another source. 
  • Deliver the proper image size for your user’s screen. Remember that wasted pixels add unnecessary weight to your website.

Check for Any Unnecessary Plugins, Widgets and Themes

The more plugins, widgets and themes you have in your backend, the more likely this will slow down your website. If you do happen to have quite a few in your arsenal, try disabling the ones that your content is less dependent on to see if it makes any difference. You can also try checking each individual theme and/or plugin, one at a time, to figure out which one might be dragging your website down. 

This is also the time to check and see if your plugins and themes are up to date, version-wise. If you’re comfortable with coding, you can also consider this an opportunity to create your own code to see if that helps with slow loading times. 

Consider the Cache 

Picture this usual scenario. Every time your website loads, it needs to find the files and data that make up each particular page. 

This is where something called “caching” comes into play. Caching is that process where commonly-requested data is stored locally, either on your server (server-side caching) or your website browser (HTTP caching). Caching frequently accessed data points on your local machine essentially means that your website doesn’t waste any precious time searching for each one. 

So depending on which server type you’re on, don’t forget caching. If you use Shared Hosting or Managed WordPress Hosting and your abilities are limited, try browser caching. Website browsers use a cache that reduces the number and size of HTTP requests, making web pages load even faster. We suggest adding the expires header rule to your .htaccess (if you’re using website hosting on an Apache web server) in order to tell the browser how long your web page contents should be kept for.

How To Make Your Website Load Faster


Minimize Your CSS and JavaScript Dependence 

Remember that website browsers will not render any processed content and load the page of your website until it loads the CSS first. What’s CSS, you might ask? Short for Cascading Style Sheets, CSS brings style such as fonts and colors to your web pages by interacting with HTML elements. 

So the bigger your styles are, the longer it takes for any web page to come up. Things like comments, whitespace, and indentation are all unnecessary CSS characters that can slow your website down. Think of this as your opportunity to check which parts of your CSS code can be safely removed, without causing any issues to your website. We suggest contacting a web developer for personalized help or using an external tool like CSSNano. 

Javascript is also worth taking a look at, since most likely you’ll see Javascript files in your website’s speed report showing that it took too long to load. This can be done by reducing the size of your JavaScript files, so check out a tool like Closure Compiler for that.

Use a Content Delivery Network (CDN)

A CDN, short for Content Delivery Network, is a group of servers distributed around the world to cache (store) and deliver assets such as images and video to your website visitors faster. When someone visits your website’s homepage, this content gets loaded from the nearest CDN server, while the rest gets loaded from your server. This, in effect, speeds up page delivery for your website. 

The main goal of a CDN is to offload the bandwidth strain on your original server to somewhere else. This is often the server that’s closest to the website visitor who is trying to load your website in the first place. While a CDN certainly doesn’t replace your hosting provider, it does take your website to the next level. While Namecheap’s Shared Hosting plans support CDN services such as CloudFlare, we recommend Supersonic CDN from Namecheap, which delivers your website content at up to 68% faster speeds.  


And sure, maintaining your website takes work but it’s worth it. When you understand why website speed is so important and that it supports a healthy business, you won’t mind so much to keep a constant eye on its performance and ranking.

Do you have any other tips that we forgot to mention? Share with us below!

Complete E-book Guide On How To Create and Monetize A Blog For Beginners


Complete E-book Guide On How To Create and  Monetize A Blog For Beginners

Complete E-book Guide On How To Create and  Monetize A Blog For Beginners 

Definition of blog

A blog (a shortened version of “weblog”) is an online journal or informational website displaying information in the reverse chronological order, with the latest posts appearing first, at the top. It is a platform where a writer or a group of writers share their views on an individual subject.

What is the purpose of a blog?

There are many reasons to start a blog for personal use and only a handful of strong ones for business blogging. Blogging for business, projects, or anything else that might bring you money has a very straightforward purpose – to rank your website higher in Google SERPs, a.k.a. increase your visibility.

As a business, you rely on consumers to keep buying your products and services. As a new business, you rely on blogging to help you get to potential consumers and grab their attention. Without blogging, your website would remain invisible, whereas running a blog makes you searchable and competitive.

So, the main purpose of a blog is to connect you to the relevant audience. Another one is to boost your traffic and send quality leads to your website.

The more frequent and better your blog posts are, the higher the chances for your website to get discovered and visited by your target audience. This means that a blog is an effective lead generation tool. Add a great call to action (CTA) to your content, and it will convert your website traffic into high-quality leads. A blog also allows you to showcase your niche authority and build a brand.

When you use your niche knowledge for creating informative and engaging posts, it builds trust with your audience. Great blogging makes your business look more credible, which is especially important if your brand is still young and fairly unknown. It ensures presence online and niche authority at the same time.

A lot of people really want to own a blog but don't have the money to buy one or hire a blog builder. But I've taken my time to create an e-book on how you can create a blog all by yourself and also make money with it. 

This e-book is very concise and self explanatory and it's very good for new bloggers and aspiring bloggers. It has helped a lot of people become blog creators and owners on their own. 

The contents of this books include:
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