Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro with Tensor SoC: Google’s Showcase of AI and ML Advancements

The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones come with a new and impressive industrial design. The smartphones are powered by Google’s in-house Tensor SoC that leverages AI and ML to enable rich new experiences. After officially announcing its Tensor processor in August this year to power the Pixel smartphones, Google has now launched the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro models. Marking a departure from…

India antitrust probe finds Google abused Android dominance, report shows

Microsoft, Amazon.com, Apple, as well as smartphone makers like Samsung and Xiaomi, were among 62 entities that responded to CCI questions during its Google investigation, the report says. Android powers 98% of India’s 520 million smartphones, according to Counterpoint Research...Read more

Google Share to Drop Leading up to Pixel 6 Launch

Last month, Google released its new Google Pixel 5a 5G model, the follow-up to last year’s Pixel 4a and 4a 5g. The Pixel 5a 5G packs decent specs compared to its predecessor, including a larger 6.34” display, a 4680 mAh battery, an updated Snapdragon 765G processor, and water and dust resistance. More importantly, the Pixel 5a 5G retails for $449 compared to the Pixel 4a 5G’s $499 launch price.…

South Korea Fines Google for Abusing Smartphone Dominance

“It shows the KFTC is taking action after years of sitting on the fence,” said Tom Kang, research director at Counterpoint. “It has made the verdict that Google enjoys monopoly power so the regulator will continue to monitor and fine the company and other internet giants like it. It’s a big win for increased competition"...Read more

Google’s Path to Vertical Integration with Tensor SoC – Become Apple or Stay Google?

Google finally launched its long-rumored  code-named "Whitechapel" in-house smartphone System-on-Chip (SoC) yesterday. Google is calling it "Tensor" SoC adding to its portfolio of Cloud & Edge TPUs to showcase its Artificial Intelligence (AI)/ Machine Learning (ML) prowess. This first custom-built SoC is designed for the upcoming Pixel portfolio in the Fall'2021 - Pixel 6 / 6 Pro.…

Google’s New Pixel Phones Feature a Processor Designed In-House

The Pixel sales were lackluster for their first few years, before increasing in 2019 when the company focused more attention on lower-end handsets. But that growth sputtered. In the first half of 2021, Pixel market share decreased 7% year over year, according to Counterpoint Research. OnePlus, another small phone maker, saw sales increase over 400%. Motorola, Apple, Nokia and Samsung also…

JioPhone Next: Google, Reliance Jio Eye the ‘Next 500 Million’ Smartphone Users

Reliance Industries (RIL) held its 44th annual general meeting (AGM) on June 24, 2021, where Chairman Mukesh Ambani updated the shareholders and media on the company's progress and its future plans. RIL's telecom arm Reliance Jio has already disrupted the sector by democratizing 4G voice and data offerings, which are the cheapest across the globe. The launch of JioPhone in 2017 at an “effectively…

Android 12 Beta First Impressions: Google Focuses on Redesigned UI, Enhanced Privacy & Convenience Features

At the I/O 2021 developer conference in May 2021, Google showcased upcoming features and updates for its range of products. Google Maps is getting eco-friendly and safer routes feature. Google Workspace is getting Smrt canvas feature that will allow users to communicate and collaborate more effectively. Google also announced its next-gen chatbot LaMDA, a language model for dialogue applications,…

This is why hardly anyone buys Google’s Pixel phones

Google’s Pixel marketing plan has demonstrated there’s plenty of room for it to invest more. But Counterpoint Research’s Neil Shah thinks Google may be stuck between a rock and a hard place. “Google is in a Catch-22 situation with its hardware strategy. Google’s DNA is cloud, software and AI – it’s not hardware. Also, building your own hardware and competing with your partners, especially Samsung…

Google Now Owns Fitbit: What It Means For Your Fitness Data Privacy

However, Fitbit’s market share may be less than you’d imagine, according to Counterpoint Research. Fitbit accounted for just 2.4% of the global smartwatch market, by the revenue value of devices shipped, in the first half of 2020. That compares to 51.4% for Apple, 9.4% for Garmin, 8.3% for Huawei and 7.2% for Samsung. Read more

Google Pixel 4a Review: Compact Camera for Stunning Still Photography

The Pixel 4a now flaunts an OLED display with HDR10 support. The smartphone features a single 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front snapper. Under the hood is a Snapdragon 730G SoC with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. Google launched three new Pixel smartphones in 2020 – the Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5. Out of the three devices, the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 support 5G connectivity (Sub-6GHz and…

Google disputes drive Indian companies to new Paytm platform

"From the customer point-of-view, this is beneficial in that they need not have many apps in their phone and only one app will serve their purpose which will give them more memory space to use for other stuff. Also, the performance of the phones will be enhanced," said Pavel Naiya, senior analyst for devices and ecosystems at research company Counterpoint Research. Read more

Google Looks to Capture Mid-range 5G Device Market With New Pixel 4a and Pixel 5

On September 30, Google launched two Pixel devices — Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5. This follows the August 3 launch of the Pixel 4a (a non-5G version), which is yet to hit the shelves in all its key markets, like India. This means that three Pixel devices will be available for retail in most markets by mid-November, which will be a first for the Google Pixel team. With its latest Pixel devices,…

Google AdMob Is the Leading Mobile Ads Platform in the World’s Largest Android Market – India

More than 60% of the app developers are using Google AdMob for mobile advertisements in India. Appnext and InMobi follow with second and third positions, respectively. More than half the mobile app developers have tried to monetize app data in India, others are interested to try it in the future. Seoul, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Beijing, London, Buenos Aires, San Diego 11th May 2020 Google…

CORE Evaluation & Analysis: HERE, Google and TomTom Lead the Location Platform Landscape

Overview: Counterpoint’s CORE (COmpetitive Ranking and Evaluation) is a comprehensive evaluation and comparison of the leading companies and their platform/product/service/solution capabilities, ecosystem and business success for an important technology area/vertical/offering. This report we evaluate the most active top 25 companies globally offering location-centric offerings from maps to…

HERE, Google & TomTom Continue to Lead Location Platform Landscape

HERE led the Counterpoint’s CORE evaluation of the location platform capabilities and effectiveness index widening the lead with Google and TomTom. Players such as Mapbox, ESRI, Telenav, Apple, NavInfo & Sygic are rapidly challenging the established platform players with unique and targeted capabilities. San Diego, Buenos Aires, London, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul – April…