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প্রথম প্রান্তিকে চাহিদার সঙ্গে ১৩% রাজস্বও বেড়েছে শাওমির

শাওমি কর্পোরেশন বুধবার জানিয়েছে, চলতি বছর প্রথম প্রান্তিকে তাদের রাজস্ব ১৩ দশমিক ৬ শতাংশ বৃদ্ধি পেয়েছে।

করোনাভাইরাস মহামারির মধ্যে স্মার্টফোনের সরবরাহ কমে গেলেও চীনে তাদের সরবরাহ ব্যবস্থা অনেকটা ভালো থাকায় এই রাজস্ব করা সম্ভব হয়েছে বলে জানিয়েছে চীনা প্রতিষ্ঠানটি। বেশি দামের ফাইভজি নির্ভর ফোন বেশি বিক্রি করায় শাওমির রাজস্ব এতো বেড়েছে বলেও জানা যাচ্ছে।

প্রতিষ্ঠানটি একটি সংবাদ বিজ্ঞপ্তিতে জানিয়েছে, চীনে তাদের প্রধান উৎপাদন ব্যবস্থা বৃহৎ পরিসরে স্থগিত হয়ে ছিল। কিন্তু স্মার্টফোনের চাহিদা খুব বেড়ে যাওয়ায় প্রথম প্রান্তিকে এমন অবস্থায় দাড়ানো গেছে।

প্রথম প্রান্তিকে প্রতিষ্ঠানটি ৪৯ দশমিক ৭ বিলিয়ন চীনা ইয়েন আয় করেছে। যা আগের বছর একই সময়ে ছিল ৪৩ দশমিক ৭৬ বিলিয়ন ইয়েন। তবে প্রথম প্রান্তিকে মুনাফা ৩২ দশমিক ৩ শতাংশ বা ২ দশমিক ১৬ বিলিয়ন ইয়েন কমে গেছে।

প্রতিষ্ঠানটির মূল আয় হয় তাদের স্মার্টফোন বিক্রি থেকে। তবে এর পাশাপাশি এখন কিছু কনজ্যুমার পণ্য এবং অনলাইনে বিজ্ঞাপন বিক্রি করেও আয় করে।

অবশ্য গত কয়েক বছর চীনে বড় ধরনের স্থানীয় প্রতিদ্বন্দ্বীতায় পড়েছে শাওমি। সেখানে হুয়াওয়ে এবং অণ্যান্য কিছু ব্র্যান্ড এখন ভালো করতে শুরু করায় তাদের সঙ্গে পাল্লা দিতে নতুন নতুন সব উদ্ভাবন আনার চেষ্টা করে যাচ্ছে শাওমি।

বাজার গবেষণা প্রতিষ্ঠান ক্যানালিস জানাচ্ছে, প্রথম প্রান্তিকে চীনে স্মার্টফোনের বিক্রি ১৮ শতাংশ কমে গেছে।

তবে দেশে লকডাউন শিথিল হওয়ায় পর শাওমি পরিকল্পনা সাজাচ্ছে তাদের বিক্রির পরিমাণ বাড়াতে।

শাপাশি এখন কিছু কনজ্যুমার পণ্য এবং অনলাইনে বিজ্ঞাপন বিক্রি করেও আয় করে।
অবশ্য গত কয়েক বছর চীনে বড় ধরনের স্থানীয় প্রতিদ্বন্দ্বীতায় পড়েছে শাওমি। সেখানে হুয়াওয়ে এবং অণ্যান্য কিছু ব্র্যান্ড এখন ভালো করতে শুরু করায় তাদের সঙ্গে পাল্লা দিতে নতুন নতুন সব উদ্ভাবন আনার চেষ্টা করে যাচ্ছে শাওমি।

বাজার গবেষণা প্রতিষ্ঠান ক্যানালিস জানাচ্ছে, প্রথম প্রান্তিকে চীনে স্মার্টফোনের বিক্রি ১৮ শতাংশ কমে গেছে। তবে দেশে লকডাউন শিথিল হওয়ায় পর শাওমি পরিকল্পনা সাজাচ্ছে তাদের বিক্রির পরিমাণ বাড়াতে।

Peace Talk Café brings woman leaders who rose to the occasion

The recent unprecedented circumstances have brought forth multidimensional issues. In addressing the varies facets of these issues, UNDP is stepping up to address different sections of society. Our Partnerships for a Tolerant and Inclusive Bangladesh (PTIB) has been organising Peace Talk Café since last year to give the youth a voice, and responding to the new normal, Peace Talk Café once again took to the digital space.

Peace Talk Café – Presented by Digital Khichuri Challenge, organised an online discourse with the youth on the topic ‘Women in Pandemic: Survive – React – Evolve’, on 14 May from 11:00AM-12:00PM.

In this edition, Peace Talk Café focus on how women are contributing to create positive impact, what sort of evolution we are witnessing among women altogether, how this pandemic has affected women in general. In these dire times, we cannot afford to exclude women from any sort of conversation related to growth and rebuilding, while bringing to the forefront the more important conversation around the rise of domestic abuse and cyber harassment during this pandemic.

Addressing the stereotype surrounding madrasah students, Shagufe Hossain, Founder, Leaping Boundaries, mentioned “They are not as backward as we think they are. Here is not a world of difference between us and them. In fact, this ‘us and them’ dichotomy that we observe is problematic.” Apart from increasing mainstream representation of female madrasah students, her organization Leaping Boundaries has been over 100 children and staff members at partner madrasahs and 25 surrounding households in this crisis.

Tina F Jabeen, Investment Advisor, Startup Bangladesh, ICT Division, emphasized the importance of the dealing with empathy as we go through this collective traumatic experience. “Those of us who are privileged need to be empathetic and approachable. We need to expand our area of support and create access to provisions, wherever possible. This is the time for us to rise to the occasion”, she said.

Hasin Jahan, Country Director, WaterAid, has been addressing COVID-19 by supporting 5 lac slum population directly with handwashing facilities and awareness programs. “We are trying to promote and internalize regular handwashing in the rural and urban level, which is the most effective preventive measure against COVID-19”, she mentioned.

Tawhida Shiropa, Founder, Moner Bondhu, has been providing 24/7 free tele and video counselling to those whose mental health has taken a toll during this crisis. In explaining the inexplicable surge in domestic violence during the lockdown, she said “In any crisis, women and children are the most vulnerable”.

Peace Talk Café was attended by Bangladeshi youth from all over the world who shared their remarks and shed light on initiatives they are driving to tackle the crisis. Sharnila Kabir, Head of Partnerships, Footsteps and Mithela Haque, Co-founder, Stories For Peace, shared how they have been actively mobilizing efforts in response to COVID.

This discourse is arranged every quarter to expand the space for dialogue between youth and speakers coming from diverse backgrounds, underlining the fact that building peace is not only the responsibility of technical specialists, rather each and every individual has a role to play. This is a part of UNDP’s ongoing Digital Khichuri Challenge, a youth engagement platform that aims to create a peaceful and inclusive society.

Galaxy A51: The Best-Selling Smartphone in Q1 2020

According to a recent report from market research firm Strategy Analytics, Samsung proved to be the best-selling Android phones during the first quarter of 2020. 4 out of 6 of the best-selling Android phones were by Samsung. Galaxy A51 was the number 1 selling android smartphone of Q1, 2020.   

The Samsung Galaxy A51 was on top with a comfortable lead – with 6 million units shipped, it made up 2.3% of all Androids sold globally during Q1. The Galaxy A51 is popular around the world, but especially in Europe and Asia. The success of the Galaxy A51 can be attributed to its impressive display, camera and battery combination.

However, it wasn’t just the Galaxy A51 that clocked in great numbers for Samsung; Interestingly, the company managed to get four of its phones in the top six list of smartphones sold in Q1 2020. The only premium model in the Top 6 is the Samsung Galaxy S20+, sitting in third with a 1.7% share. The Galaxy A10s and Galaxy A20s are part of Samsung’s efforts to strengthen its entry-level offerings, and it worked, these two were some of the most popular phones around the world.

When it comes to global smartphone sales, Samsung dominates the Android share with its budget and mid-range devices with camera, display, and performance equipped with the latest technology. The company’s Galaxy A series is so popular among the masses that it took the top three spots in the best-selling Android smartphones list last year. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent decline in smartphone sales, Samsung seems to be continuing the trend this year.

Cited in global reports, Juha Winter, Associate Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “As mobile operators have reduced subsidies in recent years, and many countries are now tumbling into post-virus recession, smartphone consumers globally are becoming increasingly price-sensitive, and they are seeking out new Android models that deliver the biggest bang for their buck.”

Health ministry urges to hold off tobacco production, sales

The Health Services Department of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has requested the Ministry of Industry to suspend the production, supply, marketing and sale of tobacco products of all tobacco companies and revoke special licenses to deal with the Covid-19 situation. Today, Tuesday (May 18), the joint secretary of the National Tobacco Control Cell under this department.

The Infectious Diseases (Prevention, Control and Eradication) Act, 2016, designed to address public health emergencies and reduce health risks, temporarily banned markets, public gatherings and movement from one place to another within the country to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. But the tobacco companies continue to violate the law on the pretext of receiving instructions from the Ministry of Industry.

Read the full letter here.

Entertainment now at home with your Galaxy

For an uncertain time, we are confining ourselves at homes due to the coronavirus outbreak. Meantime, some of us may be going crazy, not able to go out and do the things we’re used to doing.  But we have to stay calm and relaxed though it’s been more than a month we didn’t go for shopping or a movie theatre and consequently, smartphones have become our best companion. So, what can we do more with our phone – how can we spend our time?  

Staying active should be the core of everyone’s daily routine. Besides, it is also essential to lay back for a pause and enjoy a favourite TV show, movie, or game. With a Galaxy device at your palms, entertainment gets new meaning no matter if you are watching the contents you love or gaming.

Nothing could be more exciting than finding a new show or film to watch. You can now easily enjoy all your favourite TV shows or movies directly on your smartphones with enhanced clarity and robust performance of the Galaxy line’s signature Infinity Display or Infinity-O Display for a crisp watching experience. On top of that, you can easily switch from your smartphone to your Samsung Smart TV using DeX if you are looking to diversify how you enjoy your favourite content.

Samsung DeX lets you multitask like a pro. Just connect your Galaxy device using any USB C-HDMI adapter cable, and you are all set to use your phone on a bigger screen, whether it is a PC or a TV. DeX gives you the seamless power to multitask while enjoying your favourite YouTube videos; you can harness the multidevice power of DeX. It enables you to resume your favourite watching content instantly as you connect, and you can also partake in a group chat with your friends or browse the internet while enjoying the show.

Flashing sign ‘WINNER! WINNER!’ on the screen is the most satisfying moment among the gamers. Samsung Galaxy devices such as S20 series are built to provide the most enjoyable gaming experience. Anyone can enjoy remarkable reaction times while gaming because of the series’ smooth screen-scrolling, high screen refresh rate up to 240 Hz, along with fast processors that topped with AI-powered Game Booster.

Whenever you are feeling too comfortable to manually play or pause the next video in your YouTube queue, you can use the Galaxy Note series’ S Pen to control the YouTube app. A simple single press, and that’s it. Just lean on your couch and enjoy the leisure. And while doing so, stay vigilant of the coronavirus spreading by maintaining personal hygiene.  

Xiaomi provides the best After-Sales Service experience

Confirmed by 500+ respondents in a research survey

RedQuanta, leading consumer intelligence firm from India today announced that Xiaomi, the youngest entrant of the Fortune 500 club has been consecutively chosen by consumers as “the best brand” when it comes to after-sales services in Bangladesh for Q4 2019. Placing a major focus on speed of problem resolution, it was revealed that Xiaomi ranks No 1 on Aftersales Customer Satisfaction in Bangladesh.

On closer analysis, it has been noted that Xiaomi is also improving rapidly on various other metrics such as infrastructure and ambience, issue resolution and staff knowledge, among others. Between Q3 2019 to Q1 2020 —there were consistent improvements for Xiaomi’s after-sales services, gradually widening the gap between Xiaomi and other brands; namely Samsung & Huawei.

While Samsung improved on customer satisfaction and Huawei had a good loyalty base supporting the brand through recommendations, it was Xiaomi that displayed consistent growth and improvements across most parameters of the survey.

RedQuanta, consumer intelligence firm conducted this study aiming to understand leading smartphone brands’ commitments to their customers towards after-sales. The journey of a typical customer seeking repair & service of their smartphone was divided into five segments: infrastructure & ambience at the service facility, smoothness of service initiation, staff interaction, the turnaround time for service completion and quality of issue resolution. Each of these responses was separately scored and analyzed. This study was conducted across the leading smartphone players – Xiaomi, Samsung and Huawei present in Dhaka and other main cities through the country.

Samsung guidelines for cleaning air-conditioner filter

Keeping your air conditioner (AC) filters clean and replacing them when they are damaged is very important for keeping your unit in top condition. Being proactive with maintenance involves keeping a close eye on your system and contacting the repair specialist if you notice anything isn’t quite right.

However, during COVID-19, it is advisable not to contact a repair specialist to maintain social distancing. All the electronics service centers are closed now, including Samsung Bangladesh. To ensure the health and safety of the employees, customers, and partners, Samsung has shut all its service centers.

It means Samsung’s repair engineers will be unable to reach you and vice versa. Thus, Samsung has provided guidelines for cleaning the AC filters as it removes contaminants such as smoke, dust particles, pollen, and grease to keep the air clean in your home. Regular cleaning of AC filters also makes it more energy-efficient and ensures optimum performance.

Here are the guidelines for cleaning the AC filters.

Step 1 – Open the front panel

Depending on the type of air conditioner you have, slowly either remove the cover or open the lid.

Step 2 – Remove the air filter

Slide the filter out or remove the clips that hold it in place. Pull the air filter out towards yourself.

Step 3 – Clean air filter

Clean the air filter with a vacuum cleaner or wash with water having mild detergent.

For vacuum cleaner: Use it at a low or medium setting and run it up and down the filter to remove visible dust and grime. Avoid pressing too hard on the delicate filter because you may cause a dent or tear. Hold it carefully in one hand as you vacuum with the other.

Wash with water: Fill a tub or large container with lukewarm water and add some liquid detergent to it. Mix it well to create a rich lather and submerge the filter in it. Move the filter around, so it is completely covered with the soapy solution. Never use abrasive tools such as brushes or wires to scrub the filter because you may damage it. Leave it for 10 to 15 minutes before taking it out.

Step 4 – Dry the air filter

Place a few dry newspapers on a clean ground (maybe balcony or front of the window for sunlight) and put the filter over them against a wall. Let it dry for several hours.

Step 5 – Reassemble the air filter

Insert the air filter back in its original position and close the front panels. Then turn the supply of electricity back on to enjoy an uninterrupted and bacteria-free airflow.

Caution: Before start cleaning the air filter, remove the plug from the power socket or turn off the circuit breaker. Failing to so may cause electric shock.

Clean the air conditioner filter once every two weeks. Samsung repair engineers will be back once the situation of the pandemic gets better in Bangladesh.

For any query please contact hotline: 08000-300-300 (Toll free)

Samsung Bangladesh launches official online ordering platform

COVID-19 pandemic is upending people’s lives around Bangladesh. Many people are confined to their homes, as the Government steps up to curb the movement and social contact in a bid to contain the spread of the virus. To ensure the safety of the customers, Samsung Bangladesh has launched Galaxyshopbd.com. It is an online ordering platform for official Samsung smartphones and tablets around Bangladesh.

The platform will offer free delivery nationwide within 72 hours (Terms & Conditions Apply). All home delivery will be made while taking the necessary health and safety precautions. Payments can be made either through bKash (on delivery) or cash on delivery or card payment on delivery. The online shop will feature all products available for the Bangladesh market, including A01, A2 Core, A10s, A20s, A50s, A51, M30s, M40, Note 10+, Note 10 Lite, S10+, S20 Ultra, Tab A 10.1 and many more.

Moreover, social distancing has increased the feeling of isolation. Hence, this leads to higher usage of smartphones and other technologies to keep them entertained, stay connected to one another, stay informed, and many more. Thus, for the convenience of customers, Samsung is providing up to 50% cashback on online purchases. This way, people will be able to purchase smartphones without any worry.

On top of it, to ensure the comfort and the convenience of the customers, the orders will be fulfilled from the customer’s local retail area. Hence, this way, customers will be able to order their desired smartphones or tablets from their known and favorite retail shops.

On this occasion, Md. Muyeedur Rahman, Head of Mobile, Samsung Bangladesh, said, “As the coronavirus spreads across Bangladesh, widespread social distancing is thought to be our best weapon against rampant transmission. Hence, social distancing is driving us to use a smartphone and other technology to stay connected to one another and to keep ourselves entertained. By thinking about the comfort and convenience of people around Bangladesh, we are pleased to launch our official platform for online orders of Samsung products. Now people will be able to easily order smartphones online and get it delivered to their homes. We hope our initiative and offers can help people to stay connected to one another easily while keeping their minds diverted and reducing the feeling of isolation.”

To order, go to the official website: http://www.galaxyshopbd.com

Xiaomi answers user data harvest allegations

Leading smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has been accused of collecting the data from their smartphone users- even when the users set their settings to incognito mode while browsing.

The issue started gaining heat after a report published on Forbes stated that security researches White ops found that Redmi Note 8 was siphoning user data from web-browsers. The default and mint browser were encrypted using ‘base 64’ format.

The data once collected were stored in Alibaba server that is used by Xiaomi.

It is important to note that the security researches claimed this to be not as direct data collection, rather said this process might help Xiaomi perform mapping operations, which in turn can leverage profits. It is to note that, Google and Apple had also faced the same accusations of mapping user preference.

Xiaomi, however, gave a very clear response to the Forbes report. They claimed that whatever data they take are always with the user’s consent. They deal with anonymous and encrypted data, and they never collect personal data. Xiaomi had also provided clear screenshots about their data collection procedure. They claim that it was a broad misrepresentation of their whole data collection procedure.

Xiaomi has a rigorous policy of data collection for the countries they provide service in. Xiaomi has a policy of collecting data for running the applications more smoothly. In this case, Xiaomi denies the claim of mapping of data and stands strong in their stand of never collecting personal data.