Samsung Electronics recently announced it has sold 10 million units of its latest Galaxy S4 in a month, this is no small feat given that main Android rivals have released their respective flagship models, LG Optimus G, Google Nexus 4, Sony Xperia Z and The new HTC One ahead but could not put a dent in the sales of Galaxy S4.
Samsung also has been able to increase the sale of each succeeding model within a shorter time frame, even when is more evolutionary than revolutionary. Perhaps having a bigger budget in advertising do help in making its presence felt, one could see Samsung’s advertisement everywhere. Consumers might not be too concern with the technological aspect of the product but would rather like to be seen as a fashion statement holding a Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note II.
Having gained so much traction with the latest iteration of the Galaxy product line, rivals will not be able to do much except seeing the world number one handset maker gaining even bigger market share.
For the betterment of technology advancement, we would like to see a revolutionary successor to Galaxy S4 and Note II.
Will Samsung Galaxy S4 be your life companion?
BlackBerry fans wanting to switch to the newer BlackBerry 10 OS but does not fancy the Z10 touch screen model are in luck, the QWERTY keyboard based Q10 will be available from 31st May 2013 at the cost of SGD898 without operator contract. Coming from Bold 9900 user, I personally do prefer the Q10 over Z10.
Do stay tune for the Q10 review when we get our hands on one.
It is time of the year again for PC Show, it will be held at Singapore Expo instead of Suntec City due to ongoing retrofitting at the regular venue, the show runs from 06th to 09th June 2013, 1200 to 2100 hrs.
We will be posting offers from vendors closer to the show period, stay tuned for great deals.
WeChat has more than 50 million overseas active users
- WeChat tops the charts as one of the most downloaded apps on iTunes, Google Play and Windows App store in Singapore
Singapore, 21 May 2013 – WeChat continues its momentum in the mobile social communications space with the announcement today that it has achieved a major milestone with 50 million registered user accounts. Designed for the international market, WeChat provides an innovative way for users to communicate with friends from all around the world. The rapid growth of WeChat is attributed to its strong adoption in emerging markets. WeChat has also dominated the charts as one of the most downloaded applications on iTunes, Google Play Store and the Windows App Store in a number of markets including Singapore, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico and The Philippines.
In the bid to expand its user base in Singapore, WeChat also recently launched a TVC that was aired on Chinese channels such as Channel 8, Channel U, VV drama and E-City. Starring Taiwan’s super-duo, Rainie Yang and Show Luo, the TVC reflected how WeChat is designed to be convenient even in the midst of one’s busyness.
WeChat and Weixin, a sister product designed for users in Mainland China, previously announced a milestone when registered user accounts surpassed 300 million on January 15 this year. At the end of March, the combined monthly active users of WeChat and Weixin reached 194.4 million, representing a year-on-year growth rate of 228.4%. Both WeChat and Weixin are fast becoming the mobile social application of choice worldwide and are redefining communication and interaction among users in their daily lives by offering a wide spectrum of features within the application.
Popular Features Users Love about WeChat
WeChat is free to install, use and download. Users can text each other, swap voice messages with a “Hold to Talk” feature, video chat, as well as share images, music, and videos. The social networking mobile application is now available on the following operating systems: iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry and Symbian. WeChat also comes with comprehensive privacy setting functions, which enable users to limit who they share their information with.
Key features that WeChat offer:
- Moments – Sharing photos, texts and URL links with trusted friends and contacts.
- Shake – Contact other people around the world by shaking your devices and start chatting.
- Look Around – Find people around to chat.
- Drift Bottle – Include a text or voice message in a bottle, throw it into the “sea” and wait to see who picks it up from anywhere in the world. A fun way to meet new people all around the world.
- Official Accounts – A feature that can be utilised by companies and merchants to build interactivity with their followers. Free SDK and API are available for “Official Accounts” owners and developers to develop applications on WeChat.
- Web WeChat – Chat with someone using a computer.
WeChat is an innovative mobile social communications application designed for smartphone users. WeChat is free for downloads from app stores running on iOS, Android, Symbian, BlackBerry and Windows Phone operating systems*.
WeChat users can add friends by a wide range of innovative actions and methods, including scanning QR codes, connecting users’ Facebook profiles and phone books and activating location-based functions such as “Look Around” and “Shake”. This application enhances social interaction by supporting exchanges of text, voice and video, emoticons, and photos with their friends over data networks. Users can choose to communicate on one-on-one, or within their closed social network through “Moments”.
For more information and application download, please visit: www.wechat.com
*Some features may not be available for certain operating systems due to the product development cycle.
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To improve 3G indoor mobile coverage
SINGAPORE, 21 May 2013 – M1 Limited (M1) today announced the appointment of Alcatel-Lucent to deploy a Small Cell (Femtocell) solution to further enhance its 3G radio coverage and capacity in indoor premises. This network improvement work is valued at between S$5 million and S$20 million, depending on the extent of deployment.
A femtocell is a small, low-power mobile base station that will improve indoor voice coverage and data performance for users. By placing a dedicated femtocell indoor, it connects to M1’s mobile network via fixed broadband access and addresses any indoor coverage gap. The introduction of femtocells will further enhance customers’ indoor 3G experience.
“At M1, we are committed to continually invest in our network infrastructure to enhance our customers’ experience. With the Femtocell solution, our customers will benefit from improved indoor coverage, both at work or at play,” said Mr Patrick Scodeller, Chief Operating Officer, M1 Limited.
M1’s Femtocell solution will be made available in the third quarter of 2013.
M1 is Singapore’s most vibrant and dynamic communications company, providing mobile and fixed services to over 2 million customers. Established in 1997, M1 achieved many firsts, including the first operator to offer nationwide 4G service, as well as ultra high-speed fixed broadband, fixed voice and other services on the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (NGNBN). With a continual focus on network quality, customer service, value and innovation, M1 links anyone and anything; anytime, anywhere. For more information, visit www.m1.com.sg.