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Samsung Catching up with Xiaomi in Indian Smartphone Market

OPPO maintained fourth place with 8 per cent smartphone share in India in Q2 2019, down from 11 per cent during Q2 2018

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To get ahead in the fast-changing tech industry, Samsung said it will expand investment in burgeoning tech segments to propel growth. Wikimedia Commons

India smartphone shipments grew three per cent annually to reach 35.6 million units in the second quarter (Q2) this year and Xiaomi retained the top position, followed by a resurgent Samsung who is closing the gap at the second spot, according to a report by market research firm Strategy Analytics.

“Xiaomi shipped 10.2 million smartphones accounting for 29 per cent market share in India during Q2 2019, broadly flat from 29 per cent share a year ago.

“Xiaomi remains the number one smartphone vendor in India, due to an extensive retail presence, but its lead over Samsung is starting to shrink,” Woody Oh, Director at Strategy Analytics, said in a statement.

“Samsung is on a recovery path and its smartphone marketshare has risen sharply from 23 per cent in Q2 2018 to 26 per cent in Q2 2019. A portfolio refresh undertaken by Samsung last year, and its ‘India-first’ strategy, have been central to the firm’s resurgence in the second quarter.”

According to the Boston-headquartered firm, the growth was driven by generous discount schemes promoted by online retailers such as Flipkart.

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Xiaomi also refreshes ‘Mi TV’ series in India. (Wikimedia Commons)

India today remains one of only a handful of growth markets among the global smartphone industry.

According to Rajeev Nair, Senior Analyst, Strategy Analytics, “Vivo captured 11 per cent smartphone share in India in Q2 2019, dipping from 12 per cent a year earlier. Like Xiaomi, Vivo is also struggling to fend off a revitalised Samsung.”

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OPPO maintained fourth place with 8 per cent smartphone share in India in Q2 2019, down from 11 per cent during Q2 2018.

“Realme is a rising star and its India smartphone marketshare has jumped from zero to a record 8 per cent in the past twelve months. Realme, an OPPO offshoot, is seeing surprisingly strong demand for its affordable Android models such as 3 and C2,” Nair added. (IANS)

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Adobe Photoshop on iPad Provides New Opportunities to Youngsters in India

Adobe has also made it possible to import photos directly from your SD card or USB drive into the iOS version of Lightroom

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Although Adobe Photoshop on iPad was completely done in the US, the incremental syncing part was achieved in India. IANS

Thirty years and still going strong, Adobe Photoshop remains the most loved design tool for creators and professional designers. Now, iPad lovers in India are thrilled to try their hands on the software tool and let their imaginations fly.

Photoshop on iPad allows young users to craft composites with fingers and retouch images with Apple Pencil. Your PSDs will remain the same, whether you’re working on desktop or iPad.

Adobe Photoshop that arrived on iPads globally in November brings core compositing and retouching workflows to iPad.

For the millennials, this is a great opportunity to become a creative pro as Photoshop on iPad is an intuitive, more accessible entry point to the Adobe tool for new users.

It features full PSD (Photoshop document files) interoperability, a touch-based user interface (UI), Cloud document access, and the power to work on real-world, multi-layered creations.

“We’re excited to push the frontiers of creativity to make everyone more productive and express their creative vision — not only seasoned professionals, but also the next generation of designers, photographers, filmmakers and illustrators,” Scott Belsky, Chief Product Officer and Executive Vice President, Creative Cloud, Adobe, told the gathering at the recently-concluded Adobe Max conference in Los Angeles.

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Thirty years and still going strong, Adobe Photoshop remains the most loved design tool for creators and professional designers. Now, iPad lovers in India are thrilled to try their hands on the software tool and let their imaginations fly. Pixabay

Open up full-size PSDs on your desktop or iPad and store them in the cloud – no conversion necessary.

You get the same fidelity, power, and performance no matter what device you’re working on, even when you’re designing with thousands of layers.

“Use quick gestures and touch shortcuts to make edits directly on your canvas and speed up your workflow. With context-aware user interface (UI), you display only the core tools and panes you need, so you can focus on your canvas, not the clutter,” says Adobe.

Next up is Adobe Illustrator which is slated to arrive on iPad next year. The teams at Adobe’s Noida R&D centre and Apple’s Cupertino-based headquarters in the US are busy finalizing and preparing for the final release of the much-anticipated product.

“We are already doing complete R&D for Illustrator and InDesign. The upcoming Illustrator on iPad, which has received rave reviews, is entirely being done at our Noida R&D centre,” Shanmugh Natarajan, MD and VP of Product at Adobe India, told IANS recently.

The company has previewed Adobe Illustrator’s future with a reimagined touch-based app that brings the precision and versatility of the desktop experience to iPad.

Although Adobe Photoshop on iPad was completely done in the US, the incremental syncing part was achieved in India.

Adobe has also made it possible to import photos directly from your SD card or USB drive into the iOS version of Lightroom. Previously, users had to import images to their camera roll, then copy them over into Lightroom’s library.

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Adobe Photoshop on iPad allows young users to craft composites with fingers and retouch images with Apple Pencil. Your PSDs will remain the same, whether you’re working on desktop or iPad. Pixabay

Here are the plans for Indian lovers who want Adobe experience on their iPads. The “Photography (20GB)” plan with Lightroom, Lightroom Classic, and Photoshop is available for Rs 676 a month (excluding GST). If you purchase this plan by January 31, you get Photoshop on iPad for free.

In the “Adobe Photoshop Single App” plan, get Photoshop on desktop and iPad as part of Creative Cloud for Rs 1,420.

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For the “All Apps” plan, get Photoshop on desktop and iPad, plus the entire collection of creative apps for Rs 3,585.

Students and teachers can save over 60 per cent on the entire collection of Creative Cloud apps for just Rs 1,353. (IANS)