Coronavirus could cause mobile device shipments to ‘plunge’ in Q1 2020

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Notebook shipments could fall by as much as 36%.
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Coronavirus will cause mobile device shipments to plummet during the first quarter of 2020, according to a new report.

Production at major manufacturing plants throughout China is said to be at “way below normal levels” this week after workers returned to their posts last month. Smartphone shipments could slip below 1.3 billion units for the year.

30% of tablet shipments last quarter were iPads

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30% of tablets sold last quarter were iPads
Apple dominated tablet shipments last quarter.
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A total of 43.23 million tablets shipped in the last calendar quarter of 2019, a new report from DigiTimes Research claims. Of these, Apple was the number one vendor, responsible for just under one-third of all tablets shipped.

In particular, Apple’s biggest hit was the 10.2-inch iPad, which hit stores in late September 2019.

Huawei OS could fight Android (and Windows) next year

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It’s just a backup plan for now.
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Huawei is developing its own operating system that will power its smartphones and other devices if it cannot rely on Android.

Richard Yu, head of the company’s consumer division, has now confirmed the software could be ready in early 2020. Android and Windows remain its top preference for now, however.

Apple sold more tablets in 2017 than Amazon and Samsung combined

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It might be worth more than you think.
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Tablet sales are still on the rise worldwide and based on a new report from the International Data Corporation, Apple’s iPad is one of the biggest reasons why.

The IDC published its latest analysis of the tablet market today and according to the firm’s analysts, the detachable tablet market grew 10.3% this past holiday season compared to the year before and Apple was one of the only companies to see much growth.

Laptop and tablet ban on flights from Europe won’t happen after all

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Emirates is one of the airlines affected by the ban.
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The Trump administration won’t be expanding its ban on the use of laptops, tablets and other large electronic devices to flights entering the United States from European airports, after all.

U.S. and EU officials reportedly decided against a ban on laptops and tablets in cabin baggage on flights from Europe, although “other measures” designed to keep passengers safe are still being weighed up.

Laptop and tablet ban on planes may expand to cover flights from Europe

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Ban came on the back of plot involving bomb disguised as an iPad.
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The Trump administration is reportedly considering expanding its ban on the use of laptops, tablets and other large electronic devices to flights entering the United States from European airports.

The ban is already in place for travelers flying from 10 Middle Eastern countries, including Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Microsoft tops Apple in tablet satisfaction rankings

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The Surface Pro 4 is starting to catch on.
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For the first time ever, Microsoft has beaten the iPad in J.D. Power’s latest tablet satisfaction rankings that found the Surface has a higher number of younger customers than its competitors.

Apple has dominated J.D. Power’s rankings over the last few years, but according to the popular ranking service, Microsoft’s offerings were just a little bit better thanks to best-in-class design, productivity and accessory use.

Godfather of Android teases new bezel-free smartphone

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Essential Products' first smartphone may look a bit like this.
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Bezel-free screens are set to become the biggest trend in Android smartphones this year, if a new teaser from the creator of Android is any indicator.

Former Google employee and godfather of Android, Andy Rubin, tweeted an image this afternoon hinting at the smartphone he’s been working on at his new company. You can only see a corner of the screen, but it looks pretty intriguing.

Take a look: