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Smartphone Screens Filthier Than A Washroom: Study

"Our phones are never far from our sides; we take them everywhere with us. Therefore, it's inevitable that they'll pick up a few germs along the way,"

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If you think toilet seats are the dirtiest ones swarming with germs, look at your smartphone. A research has revealed that smartphone screens have three times more germs than a toilet seat.

More than a third of people (35 per cent) have never cleaned their smartphones with wipes, a cleaning fluid or a similar product, according to the study done by Insurance2Go, a gadget insurance provider based in Portsmouth, England.

“The average smartphone screen has been found to be more than three times dirtier than a toilet seat,” sky.com reported on Saturday, citing the findings.

One in 20 smartphone users was found to clean their phones less than every six months, said the study.

For the study, researchers swabbed three smartphones — an iPhone 6, a Samsung Galaxy 8 and a Google Pixel — to test for aerobic bacteria, yeast and mould.

The findings showed that all areas of the phones “harbour at least some quantity of each type of substance”.

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Smartphone screens are the filthiest part filled with germs which may lead to skin problems and other health issues. IANS

The screens were the filthiest part of the smartphones, filled with germs which may lead to skin problems and other health issues.

The screens of the three handsets had a combined total of 254.9 colony-forming units per cm2. This means there was an average of 84.9 units on each screen.

“In contrast, a toilet and flush was found to have just 24 units, while an office keyboard and mouse was found to have just five,” the report said.

The back of the smartphones had an average of 30 units, the lock button had an average of 23.8 units, and the home button had an average of 10.6 units.

More than a third of the respondents admitted having not cleaned their phones for long.

“Our phones are never far from our sides; we take them everywhere with us. Therefore, it’s inevitable that they’ll pick up a few germs along the way,” Gary Beeston, sales and marketing manager at Insurance2go, was quoted as saying.

Also Read: Now say No to Germs While Using Public Toilets

A fifth of British adults now spend more time online each week than the average time spent at work, said a recent study from the UK’s communication regulator Ofcom.

Two in five adults (40 per cent) first look at their phone within five minutes of waking up, rising to 65 per cent of those aged under 35, while 37 per cent of adults check their phones five minutes before lights out, again rising to 60 per cent of under-35s. (IANS)

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Xiaomi Becomes The Top Smartphone Brand in The Indian Market

The offline segment registered a slower annual growth of 6.6 per cent in the third quarter

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Xiaomi cuts prices of 5 smartphones in India.

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi shipped 11.7 million units and became the top brand in the Indian market with 27.3 per cent share in the third quarter this year, with Samsung at second spot, the International Data Corporation (IDC) said on Thursday.

According to the IDC “Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker”, the smartphone market in India reached an all-time high of 42.6 million unit shipments in the third quarter (ending September 30), registering a 9.1 per cent year-on-year (YOY) growth.

This is the first time when the smartphone market is at par with the feature phone market, each contributing 50 per cent to the overall mobile phone market.

With the growth in the smartphone segment came a warning.

“With the duty hikes in place and the dollar fluctuation, smartphone vendors are expected to raise prices of devices in the coming months rather than absorbing the cost or clocking it under cash backs and financing schemes,” said Navkendar Singh, Associate Research Director, Client Devices and IPDS, IDC India.

In the wake of the depreciating rupee and rising input costs, Realme and Xiaomi have already increased prices of some of their handsets.

Xiaomi increased the prices of its budget smartphones Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A, along with Mi Powerbank 2i and Mi TV (32-inch Pro and 49-inch Pro variants).

Online-focused Chinese smartphone maker Realme increased the prices of its two popular budget handsets in India. The Rs 6,999 Realme C1 is now priced at Rs 7,999 while Rs 8,990 Realme 2 (3GB variant) is priced at Rs 9,499.

The complaint alleged that Xiaomi had used the patents without any license from Yulong.
This is the first time when the smartphone market is at par with the feature phone market, each contributing 50 per cent to the overall mobile phone market, wikimedia commons

According to Upasana Joshi, Associate Research Manager, Channel Research, IDC India, shipments in the third quarter were primarily driven by the eTailer channel in run up to the festival season.

“eTailers continued to drive affordability with multiple financing options such as zero or low-cost EMIs (equated monthly instalments), buyback guarantees and cashback on debit/credit cards,” Joshi said in a statement.

Xiaomi grew to a new high on the back of its successful Redmi 5A and Redmi Note 5 Pro series and refreshed Redmi 6/A/Pro portfolio, said the report.

“Samsung registered an annual growth of 4.8 per cent in 3Q18 at the back of its ‘Infinity’ series model ‘Galaxy J6’ followed by Galaxy J2 (2018), J8, J4 and the recently launched Android Go Model Galaxy J2 core with a middling demand,” the IDC report added.

Vivo continued at third position with a growth of 35.4 per cent.

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The offline segment registered a slower annual growth of 6.6 per cent in the third quarter.

Commenting on the premium end of the market (above Rs 30,000), Joshi said that OnePlus climbed to the leadership position at the back of OnePlus 6, surpassing Samsung and Apple in the third quarter.

With a 2.1 per cent (YoY) growth, the feature phone market registered shipments of 43.1 million units in the 3Q 2018. Shipments for Jio Phone continued to decline as the vendor focused on clearing existing channel inventory, said the report. (IANS)