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Smartphone market in India is confused! A market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) on Monday crowned Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi with a market share of 29.7 per cent and placed Samsung in the second spot with a share of 23.9 per cent.

Earlier, two global research firms — Hong Kong-based Counterpoint Research and Singapore-based Canalys — in the end of July gave Samsung bigger or almost identical market share with Xiaomi in Q2 2018.

According to IDC’s latest “Quarterly Smartphone Tracker”, approximately one out of three smartphones sold in India was a Xiaomi device in Q2 2018.

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According to IDC’s latest “Quarterly Smartphone Tracker”, approximately one out of three smartphones sold in Indian smartphone market was a Xiaomi device in Q2 2018. Image: Wikimedia Commons

The quarter also marked the first time a smartphone brand (Xiaomi) shipped nearly 10 million units within three months.

Xiaomi also continued to be the number one smartphone vendor in the online smartphone market with 55.6 per cent market share, for the seventh consecutive quarter, said the report.

“Our mission to deliver amazing products at honest pricing has changed people’s lives and started a new chapter in the mobile Internet era in India and I believe we will become an even bigger part of people’s lives,” said Manu Jain, Vice President, Xiaomi and Managing Director, Xiaomi India.

According to IDC, four out of the top five smartphones in Q2 2018 were Xiaomi smartphones — Redmi 5A, Redmi Note 5 Pro, Redmi Note 5 and Redmi 5 — accounting for 26 per cent of overall smartphone shipments.

The Indian smartphone market saw an overall healthy growth of 20 per cent, with a total of 33.5 million units being shipped.

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However, in late July, Hong Kong-based research firm Counterpoint Research said South Korean firm Samsung reclaimed the top spot in the second quarter in India with 29 per cent share against Xiaomi’s 28 per cent. According to Singapore-based market research firm Canalys, Samsung shipped 9.9 million smartphones in India in the second quarter of 2018, registering almost a 50 per cent annual growth rate — its best since the fourth quarter of 2015,

Chinese handset maker Xiaomi also shipped 9.9 million smartphones and this is the best quarter either vendor has had in the country, said the report. Samsung “J2 Pro” was the top model in the second quarter, with 2.3 million units shipped in India.

According to IDC, in the online segment, Huawei with strong shipments of its Honor branded phones climbed to second position with an all-time high of 8 per cent share in online segment in 2Q 2018.

“The market, however, is seeing rapid consolidation at the top end, as the top 5 vendors made up 79 per cent of the smartphone market in 2Q18, marginalising smaller brands,” said Upasana Joshi, Associate Research Manager, Client Devices, IDC India. (IANS)

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Usage of Smartphones for Eye Check-up May Lead to Misdiagnosis

However, when the images were calibrated, the differences between lighting levels and camera types were significantly minimalised - with differences between smartphones reduced by approximately 30 per cent

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Using smartphones to capture photographs of patients’ eyes for check-up may lead to misdiagnosis as camera colour sensors vary and as a result, images of the same eye may appear different depending on the model of smartphone used, warn researchers.

The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, suggests that calibration of phone cameras is vital to capture accurate data.

Eye examinations to look for redness in the eye can indicate a variety of conditions including conjunctivitis, dry-eye disease and tear-gland dysfunction.

Clinicians increasingly use smartphones in conjunction with ophthalmic imaging equipment, such as the eyepiece of a slit lamp, because of their portability, ease of use and relatively low cost.

The connectivity also allows for upload to the Cloud, which is useful for telemedicine – the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients using telecommunications technology – and Artificial Intelligence applications that store thousands of images from different institutions.

However, the autofocus algorithms and hardware specifications of cameras may be different for different manufacturers which means different cameras can produce different results for the same scene.

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“It is important that clinicians bear this in mind,” said lead study author Carles Otero from Anglia Ruskin University in England.

For the study, the researchers took 192 images of eyes using three smartphone cameras, two different lighting levels and two zoom levels.

The images were duplicated and one set was white balanced and colour corrected (calibrated) and the other left unaltered.

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The researchers took photographs in autofocus mode with the iPhone 6s, the Google Nexus 6p and the Bq Aquaris U Lite, and found that the iPhone results were significantly different from the other two devices, when computing relative redness of each eye, and when compared to a clinician’s diagnosis.

However, when the images were calibrated, the differences between lighting levels and camera types were significantly minimalised – with differences between smartphones reduced by approximately 30 per cent.

“Our results show that while the clinician’s subjective evaluation was not affected by different cameras, lighting conditions or optical magnifications, calibration of a smartphone’s camera is essential when extracting objective data from images,” Otero said. (IANS)