Tag Archive: 2019


Huawei’s Google blacklist led to a $12 billion revenue shortfall in 2019

Without Google apps, Huawei’s hardware loses its appeal for most.

What you need to know Huawei has been unable to work with Google since its inclusion on the Entity List in May 2019. The company thought it could handle the loss by creating its own replacement for Google’s services on top of its already good hardware. Huawei was in-fact not able to handle it and reported a shortfall of $ 12 billion.

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Streaming services made up nearly 80% of U.S. music revenue in 2019

The report notes that the streaming market in 2019 was bigger than the entire U.S. recorded music market two years back.

What you need to know The year-end 2019 music revenue report from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has revealed that paid subscriptions to on-demand streaming services jumped by 25% in 2019. Total revenue from streaming music increased by 19.9% last year, accounting for 79.5% of all recorded music last year. The number of paid  [Read More…]

EA reportedly cancelled a Star Wars: Battlefront spinoff in 2019

EA cancelling Star Wars games is rapidly turning into a yearly report.

What you need to know Electronic Arts holds an exclusive deal with Disney to develop Star Wars games. Over the last few years, multiple potential games have been cancelled. According to a new report, another game was recently cancelled.

It’s no real secret that Electronic Arts (EA) has had a rought time developing Star Wars game since signing an agreement with Disney to be the  [Read More…]

OnePlus dominated India’s premium smartphone market in 2019

OnePlus increased its share of the ultra-premium segment as well, all thanks to the OnePlus 7 Pro.

What you need to know Counterpoint Research says OnePlus was the number one brand in India’s premium smartphone market last year. OnePlus’ shipments grew 28% YoY in 2019, allowing it to capture one-third of the premium segment in the country. Samsung dropped to the second position, with its shipments declining by 2% compared to 2018.

In the second quarter of  [Read More…]

NVIDIA Shield Android TV (2019) specs

This box packs a ton inside, and manages to offer top-of-the-line specs for just $ 199.

The Android TV marketplace isn’t the most diverse, but there’s a clear winner in the high-end here with the NVIDIA Shield Android TV. Its success and superiority start on the inside with its top-notch specs. They blow the competition in the Android TV world out of the water, and it’s no surprise that they’re capable of handling all of your media  [Read More…]

Huawei surpassed Apple in smartphone sales for 2019, trailing Samsung

Samsung lead the pack with nearly 300 million units sold.

What you need to know Huawei took the second-place spot in the smartphone market from Apple in 2019. It raked in sales of 238.5 million units, compared to Apple’s 196.2 million. The biggest winner, though, was Samsung, with 296.5 million shipments during the year.

Despite overwhelming pressure by the U.S., Huawei says it can handle anything else the Trump administration throws its way. And the numbers seem  [Read More…]

LG’s struggling mobile division lost over $850 million in 2019

Record sales of home appliances last year helped LG achieve its highest annual revenue in history.

What you need to know LG’s smartphone business recorded revenues of KRW 1.32 trillion ($ 1.12 billion) in Q4 2019, mainly due to lower sales of the company’s mass-tier products. The smartphone division posted a full-year operating loss of KRW 1.01 trillion ($ 858.34 million). LG Electronics registered revenues of KRW 16.06 trillion ($ 13.65 billion) in the fourth quarter of  [Read More…]

These are the best cheap alternatives to the NVIDIA Shield TV (2019)

The NVIDIA Shield TV (2019) is hands down the best Android TV set-top box you can buy, offering a great mix of features for cord cutters and gamers alike. However, all that greatness comes at a fairly high price. If you’re looking to save some money on your next streaming box, your best bet is the Xiaomi Mi Box S, but we’ve rounded up a couple of other options as well.

Best Overall: Xiaomi Mi Box S

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare again takes the lead for December 2019 NPD

Call of Duty is retaining the lead, with Star Wars on its heels.

What you need to know The December 2019 NPD report has been released. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was the bestselling game of the month and on PlayStation 4. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was the second-bestselling game of the month. You can grab Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on PlayStation 4 for $ 47 on Amazon.

Every month, the NPD Group releases information  [Read More…]

Samsung’s true wireless headphone sales in 2019 couldn’t compete with Apple

Apple ranks first with a 54.4% share after shipping 58.7 million units in 2019.

What you need to know Apple dominates the true wireless headphone market with over 50% of sales. Xiaomi comes in second with 8.5% of the market. Samsung is a distant third after shipping 7.4 million units in 2019 for 6.9% of the market.

When Apple introduced the AirPods, it pretty much created an entirely new category of headphones. One where Bluetooth earbuds cut  [Read More…]