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5 Exciting Things Happening in the Tech Industry
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From Huawei and Samsung’s competition to mass manufacture a foldable phone to Facebook’s fake accounts dilemma, the tech world is in hysteria. It’s difficult to stay up-to-date with all the tech developments so here are five exciting and interesting updates from the tech world that you’ll definitely be interested in:

1. Huawei trumps Apple in the second quarter of 2018
In the second quarter of 2018, China-based Huawei has beaten Silicon Valley based Apple by shipping 54.2 million phones, according to International Data Corporation. Apple on the other hand has shipped out 41.3 million iPhones. Samsung remains on top with shipments of 71.5 million phones, accounting for 20.9 percent of the global market. This is the first time since 2010 that Apple has not been in the first two spots in the smartphone market.

2. WhatsApp group video call is here!
WhatsApp group video calls have been a highly expected feature; the app has allowed video calling between two people since 2016. However, with the introduction of the newest feature that is now live on apple and android devices, 4 people can take part in a group video call. While the number of people is limited as compared to Facebook Messenger (allows group video call of 50 people) and Skype (supports 25 people at a time), WhatsApp claims that the calls will work even in poor network conditions and are completely encrypted.

3. Archie motion comics come to Spotify
While the younger generation relates Archie and Jughead to the overstated Netflix show Riverdale, a lot of us have flipped through worn in second hand copies of Archie Comics. Our favorite music app, Spotify, has partnered up with Nerdist to offer a six episode motion comic with music and voice acting, along with the original illustrations. Each episode is 10 minutes long and the auto-play feature makes for a good hands-free experience.

4. Facebook prioritizes personalization
Facebook is redesigning the navigation on its mobile app to give users a more personalized experience. The new design will be based on what services you use the most. With the newer update, users will see the following three icons: news feed, notification, menu icon. The other spaces will be utilized for the things you use the most e.g. profile or groups. The navigation bar design will be made available for users in the weeks ahead.

5. The TV that makes Netflix better
Sony will be launching new TV models in the middle of summer and they’ll feature the new ‘Netflix Calibrated Mode’ – meaning that you’ll see the image exactly as intended. The company’s new flagship series ‘Master Series’ is designed to copy the experience from the studio, taking you from the “lens to living room”. The TVs will be available in both OLED and LED and feature the X1 ultimate processor – the most powerful chip Sony has ever put in a TV. The pricing will be announced closer to the launch in the fall.
Stephanie Plante
April 5, 2019