New coastal maps for Tamil Nadu pave the way for more buildings, fewer mudflats

 

“The government has so many educated engineers and scientists, yet they cannot even draw a line properly?” asked Sathish Kumar, a fisherman of Alamparai village, a little over 100 km south of Chennai.

The fisherfolk of Alamparai were baffled that the new maps showing the High Tide Line along their coast had missed out salt farms and tidal mudflats frequently submerged by the rising tide.

The High Tide Line represents the highest point of tidal influence along a coast.

Last year, the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management, an autonomous centre under India’s environment ministry, completed an exercise to freshly map the High Tide Line along India’s 7,500-km coastline.

The accurate mapping of the High Tide Line is important: it forms the baseline for coastal management plans. Construction within 500 metres of the High Tide Line and 100 metres of riverbanks is subject to strict building regulations, and in certain ecologically-sensitive zones, it is not permitted at all.

In August 2016, the Coastal Resource Centre, a non-governmental organisation in Chennai that works with coastal communities, sought information on the new High Tide Line under the Right to Information Act. But the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management refused to share the information, citing its scientific and economic interests.

This year, in April, the NGO finally obtained the data for Tamil Nadu from the state coastal authority. It compared the data with maps prepared by the Institute of Remote Sensing of Anna University, Chennai, in 2013. The activists found several discrepancies. In just two districts of Tamil Nadu, they found that 888 acres of tidal mudflats and salt marshes had not been covered by the High Tide Line.

Salt marshes and tidal mudflats act as natural coastal defences, reducing erosion and nurturing many species of marine animals.

Near Alamparai, along the backwater channel Yedainthittu Kazhiveli, Sathish Kumar, a fisherman, pointed out that the High Tide Line had been drawn “right in the middle of the water”.

A High Tide Line closer to water leaves more areas open for real estate development. “What if they are sold to private parties that construct buildings along our backwater?” Kumar asked.

In the map of the backwaters below, the red line is the High Tide Line marked by Institute of Remote Sensing in 2013. The yellow line is the High Tide Line of the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management, marked in 2016, which leaves out several acres of salt pans and is marked further into the water.

Salt pans along the backwater have been deemed to be outside tidal influence. Image credit: The Coastal Resource Centre.
Salt pans along the backwater have been deemed to be outside tidal influence. Image credit: The Coastal Resource Centre.

The activists point out that the new maps legitimise existing violations by not bringing them inside the High Tide Line. This includes violations in polluted areas such as the Ennore Creek and encroachments by polluting industries on the arms and creeks of the backwater.

“The current demarcation effectively obliterates past violations, robbing citizens of the benefit of corrective regulatory action on the offence and the offenders,” said the report prepared by the Coastal Resource Centre.

The encroachment by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited has been ignored. Image credit: The Coastal resource Centre.
The encroachment by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited has been ignored. Image credit: The Coastal resource Centre.

Mapping discrepancies

In 2013, after two years of surveying the Tamil Nadu coast, the Institute of Remote Sensing came out with a High Tide Line for a draft coastal management plan. But on the recommendation of two committees formed in subsequent years to review the Coastal Regulation Zone rules, the central government decided to get the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management to demarcate a uniform High Tide Line for all coastal states. The exercise was declared complete in June 2016.

“We were of the impression that the IRS maps would be considered while finalising the uniform HTL,” SS Ramakrishnan, director of the Institute of Remote Sensing, told The New Indian Express, referring to his institute’s work. “But looking at some of the maps, it looks like IRS data sets were not taken into account. We stand by the HTL prepared by us which was based on the collection of ground-truth data.”

Ramakrishnan also said that in March 2016, the central agency had used his institute’s data to correct deviations from the High Tide Line at 255 locations. But the final map still carried discrepancies.

The Coastal Resource Centre said the Institute of Remote Sensing’s demarcation was more accurate, and physical markers placed by them in 2013 could be found on the ground even today. On the other hand, no evidence of ground visits by the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management was found.

“Both the IRS and NCSCM operate out of the Anna University and to the best of my knowledge, there is a fair amount of information sharing between them,” said Ravinder Singh Bhalla, ecologist at the Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning in Puducherry. “How then are maps produced by them different?”

Scroll.in sent an email to the National Coastal Zone Management Authority asking if there was a formal mechanism for transparently addressing the questions raised over the new High Tide Line. There was no response.

Salt plants near Alamparai. Photo credit: Vinita Govindarajan.
Salt plants near Alamparai. Photo credit: Vinita Govindarajan.

Bhalla said the key question was about the methodology followed for the demarcation of the High Tide Line.

For one, Bhalla explained, very high resolution satellite maps are needed for accurate demarcation of the High Tide Line. This is because waves seasonally move material along the shore. This movement greatly impacts the shoreline, thereby influencing the demarcation of the High Tide Line.

Further, ground-truthing is essential to validate the High Tide Line map. “You need to remember the HTL map is an estimate or a model, it has errors associated with it,” Bhalla said. “Are these errors within acceptable limits? What are these acceptable limits? Were local communities involved in this ground validation?”

He added, “Not enough has been done by the NCSCM to convince even the scientific community about the validity of their approach, let alone coastal dwellers.”

Worker at the salt plant in Alamparai. Photo credit: Vinita Govindarajan.
Worker at the salt plant in Alamparai. Photo credit: Vinita Govindarajan.

Left unprotected

Alamparai’s fishermen have already seen coastal land taken over by private individuals and companies that would invariably build a compound wall around their plot, blocking easy access to the shore. Now the fisherfolk are wary of losing more land.

“They need to know that we also have educated people among us,” said Sathish Kumar. “We are well aware of all the rules along the coast.”

During monsoon, the salt marshes near Alamparai are entirely submerged. “We stock up our salt and shut down the plant during those months,” said a worker at the village’s salt plant.

This is one of the best seasons for inland fishermen. Crabs, shrimp and other crustaceans are found in abundance near salt marshes. During fishing trips, the fishermen often dock their boats against the banks of the salt plants and lay out their nets.

Now that the new demarcation has left this region out of the High Tide Line, the villagers are worried it might be fenced off for “development purposes”, rendering it inaccessible to fishermen. They wonder if the errors in the coastal agency’s maps was really just an oversight, or a deliberate ploy.

“Some 5,000 people are dependent on this stream,” said MR Kumar, an elderly fisherman from Alamparai. “The government should not take any step that would harm us.”

This is the second part of a series on the High Tide Line for India’s 7,500-km long coastline. The first part can be read here.

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7 things we love about the HTC U11… and 6 things we hate about it

 

It might have been one of the last heavy hitters to make an appearance this year, but HTC didn’t disappoint with the U11: it’s a fantastic phone that is just begging to be slipped into your pocket.

With some of the most distinctive colour schemes we’ve seen on a phone since the crazy days of Nokia, and high-end hardware to match, there’s lots here to like.

Don’t think it’s all positive, though – because the U11 isn’t perfect. Here are some of the things that grind our gears about HTC’s latest, as well as the good stuff that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

7 THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT THE HTC U11

1) THOSE EYE-CATCHING COLOURS

There’s no getting away from it – the U11 has some truly terrific colour choices. HTC’s Liquid Surface glass adds different hues and shades to give the impression of a water droplet, one that shimmers and shifts colour when you hold it at different angles. Compared to a flat black Galaxy S8, or Space Grey iPhone 7, the HTC wins every time.

At launch, Amazing Silver is the star of the show, thanks to a mix of blues, purples and silver, polished up to a mirror finish, but wait a month or two and the luxurious Solar Red should arrive. It’s curiously crimson from the front, but switches to glorious gold at the edges. It’s a real stunner.Image result for 7 things we love about the HTC U11... and 6 things we hate about it

2) IT TAKES FANTASTIC PHOTOS

A 12MP sensor doesn’t sound all that impressive, but with dual-pixel autofocus and the world’s first 5-axis optical image stabilisation in a smartphone, the U11 punches well above its weight when it comes to the camera. The detail packed into each snap is fantastic, either matching or beating major rivals such as the iPhone 7 Plus, Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S8.

It’s a dab hand when it comes to low light, too, thanks to an f/1.7 aperture that lets as much light hit the sensor as possible. HTC’s image processing algorithms are delicate, too, so detail isn’t stripped away just to hide noise.

3) WE’LL NEVER GET TIRED OF SQUEEZY SIDES

No, they don’t do very much right now, but the U11’s Edge Sense panels soon will. As a feature it’s bags of fun, and a totally different way to get things done on your phone. You can use those squeezable sides to do all manner of things: turning on your flashlight, for instance, or take a selfie, or summon Google Assistant (without having to shout “OK Google” first).

And that’s just the start. Once other apps support it properly, the possibilities will be huge.

4) IT’S A PERFORMANCE POWERHOUSE

Any discerning 2017 flagship phone has Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 inside, and the U11 is no exception. That instantly gives it an edge over the likes of LG’s G6 and the Google Pixel, which make do with last year’s silicon. It’s quick enough to run just about anything you can throw at it from the Google Play Store, and has no trouble keeping Android 7 Nougat ticking over without any stutter or slowdown.

It’s not a battery hog, either. The U11 has a 3000mAh battery, but can easily last an entire day away from the mains – even if you’re feeding a serious Clash of Clans habit.

5) SPEAKERS THAT REALLY SING

Boomsound was easily one of the best things about HTC’s last-gen phones, and now we’ve got an even better version. They might not face forward any more, but the U11’s stereo speakers are so powerful that you won’t need a Bluetooth speaker to get the party started: just crank up the volume and let the phone do all the work.

Turning the inside of the handset into an acoustic chamber doesn’t exactly create a cacophony of bass, but it sounds much, much louder than any other flagship phone. Don’t think it’ll be nothing but distortion, either – sound quality really is very good for such a small set of speakers.

6) AMAZON’S ALEXA WILL SOON BE ON BOARD

The U11 will be the first phone to properly get Amazon’s Alexa, complete with wake word that’ll bring the handset out of standby and straight into the Alexa interface. Other phones have tried, but this is the first time we’ve seen it go completely hands-free.

That’s great, but one AI assistant just isn’t enough these days, and the U11 duly has room for two: Google Assistant is also onboard. While Alexa bests Assistant in areas such as smart home control, and will of course let you buy things on Amazon, Google’s helpful AI can still help out with Chromecast streaming and Google searches. The more the merrier, eh?

7) THE NOISE-CANCELLING CANS

Previous versions of HTC’s USonic ear buds already adjusted themselves to suit your own ear drums, using sonic pulses and built-in microphones to tweak the music EQ accordingly, but now they’ve got built-in noise cancelling too. And it really works!

OK, so it’s not quite as silence-inducing as a pair of noise-cancelling ‘phones from Bose or Sony, but they get the job done on public transport, and keep your office buddies from disturbing you when you’re trying to get some work done too. Not bad at all, seeing how they’re free and all.

AND 6 THINGS WE HATE ABOUT THE HTC U11

1) WHERE’S THE HEADPHONE JACK?

Come on, HTC – haven’t you learned by now? No-one wants to have to jam a dongle into their phone just to listen to music. The bundled USonic in-ears might be decent, and plenty of people have Bluetooth buds now, but that’s still no excuse.

If the mighty Apple can do it and still incur the wrath of its customers, there’s no way you can do the same and think you’ll get away with it. The bundled headphones don’t work in any other USB-C phone or laptop, either. Bring back the 3.5mm port!

2) THE BEZELS LOOK BEEFY NEXT TO THE COMPETITION

Samsung and LG did something a little different for 2017 – ditching the display bezels and finding room for 18:9 aspect ratio screens that stretch almost across the entire front of each phone. Samsung even added curved sides into the equation.

Sit either one of them next to the U11 and its thick top and bottom bezels make it look positively antiquated. The fingerprint sensor might be easier to reach on the HTC, but from the front you’d struggle to tell it was a 2017 phone. Its rivals are positively futuristic by comparison.

3) AN HDR SCREEN WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE, TOO

Both the G6 and Galaxy S8 also have HDR-ready displays, which let you watch Netflix or Amazon videos with more vibrant colours and greater contrast than you’ll find on a standard smartphone. HTC could have done something similar, but it decided not to bother.

OK, so we doubt many people are ready to stream HDR videos to their phone right now, but expect the tech to take off in the next year or so – and leave the U11 looking decidedly old hat.

4) SNAPS CAN FEEL A LITTLE SLUGGISH

As much as the U11 takes fantastic photos, it’s not quite as snap-happy as some of its big rivals. There’s a small delay between tapping the shutter button and the photo being saved. It’s not long enough to miss something crucial, but it’s still annoying – especially when the U11 is lightning-fast in just about every other area.

The Edge Sense shutter is even slower, but that’s because it needs to wait until your hand stops shaking after you’ve given the phone a squeeze. We don’t mind it so much here.

5) ALEXA AIN’T HERE JUST YET

Sure, we’re excited at having Amazon’s AI assistant built into our phones, and having Alexa accessible with a shout instead of a button press is a whole lot slicker than the setup you’ll find on other phones, but Alexa on the U11 isn’t ready just yet. We’ve got to wait till Amazon decides to give the green signal for Alexa to arrive in India.

Seeing how this is one of the things that helps the U11 stand out from the competition, we’re hoping HTC can get everything in place before its rivals do something similar.

6) EDGE SENSE DOESN’T SEE SENSE… RIGHT NOW

Those squeeze-able sides are a fun little extra right now – one that HTC says will be a lot more useful once its customisation app arrives in July. Until it does, though, Edge Sense is just another way of opening the camera app, or summoning Google Assistant.

You aren’t going to buy a phone on potential alone, so we’ll just have to wait until the app turns up to see if Edge Sense is truly as revolutionary as HTC says it will be.

We’ll get you the full review when HTC give us the go signal for the Indian launch dates.

 

Using Cell Phone Late At Night May Put Teenagers at Risk of Depression

 

Highlights
  • Late night mobile phone use has devastating effects on teenagers
  • It is the world’s first long-term assessment of adolescent mental health
  • Late night phone usage directly contributes to poor sleeping habits

Our generation is addicted to cellphones, so much so that cellphones have begun to rule our lives. Every once in a while find ourselves glued to the screen. For many of us the obsession continues even while we eat or head to the bed at night, we are constantly stuck to it, texting or watching videos into the wee hours of the night. Are we to assume that such a habit comes with no negative consequences or does it show affect slowly and steadily? What about the teenagers who seem to be addicted to their smartphones all the time? According to a study done by Australian researchers at Murdoch and Griffith Universities, late night mobile phone use has devastating effects on teenagers’ mental healthUsing Cell Phone Late At Night May Put Teenagers at Risk of Depression

Funded by the Australian Research Council, it is the world’s first long-term assessment of adolescent mental health regarding late night mobile phone usage. The process was conducted as an annual survey over four years and included 1,100 students from 29 schools. When the subjects began the process, they were in Class 8 of High School. When the programme concluded, they had hit Class 11.

For the study, the researchers examined students’ quality of sleep, along with mood, aggression, coping skills, self esteem and whether they experienced any symptoms of depression. The questionnaires focused on what time of the night students continued to receive or send text messages and phone calls.

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“We found that late night phone use directly contributed to poor sleep habits, which over time led to declines in overall well-being and mental health,” said lead researcher Lynette Vernon. “We have demonstrated how poor sleep is the key link connecting an increase in night-time mobile use with subsequent increases in psychosocial issues.”

Around two thirds or 65 per cent of students in Class 8 who owned a mobile phone were reported to use it regularly after “lights out”. When the study concluded four years later, the figure was 78 per cent, finding that “as their levels of mobile phone use grew over time, so did their poor sleep behaviour”, co-author Kathryn Modecki said.

According to Mark Levi, a Sydney-based sleep doctor, the scientific reason why mobile phones can have such a negative influence on sleeping patterns is due to the unnatural light they produce. “Blue light in your bedroom retards your sleeping, it affects your hormones, it affects your melatonin secretions, your insulin secretions, it affects a lot of balance in the body,” Levi told Xinhua on Tuesday.

“So the more you sit in bed and watch TV, play with your tablet, phone and have your phone beeping at 3 in the morning, all these things affect the slow waves of your sleep pattern and will give the person poor quality sleep. Blue light is a real, real problem in the bedroom. It’s a big, huge problem.”

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For Levi, the findings of the study are no surprise, “there is no question, no question at all that it’s a growing issue with teenagers, adolescents and the young”, the sleep expert said.

“When a phone is beeping all night or they are watching a screen all night, it’s affecting their sleep a lot and we’re seeing child with sleep patterns that are disturbed and it’s going to affect their attitude, their cognitive skills, concentrations skills, their moodiness during the day.”

Despite the damning findings, Vernon said the answer to solving the problem was not to simply ban teenagers from using their devices but to find ways of promoting better sleep habits to adolescents.

 

Amazon building sorting center in Mobile

 

Online retailer Amazon is making a move to the Alabama Gulf Coast.

The company says it is constructing a $30 million sorting and shipping center near Mobile.

A release from Amazon says the warehouse-like facility will eventually employ more than 360 part-time workers and more than 1,000 people seasonally.

The center announced Thursday is Amazon’s first location in the state of Alabama.

Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl tells local media that local officials promised about $1.3 million in road improvements to help land the project.

The center will cover 362,000 square feet once it opens later this year.

Walmart previously announced plans to build a larger distribution center in the same area. That facility is scheduled to open in 2018.

 

Siri Far Behind Alexa and Google Assistant, Says Ex-Apple Employee: Report

 

HIGHLIGHTS
Siri reportedly hasn’t mastered many skills that its competitors have
Apple employees feel HomePod is no competition to Amazon Echo
HomePod has been publicised more as a good quality audio speaker
While Siri is one of the oldest voice-based virtual assistants to exist, post WWDC reactions to the voice assistant has been less than enthusiastic, with a report further highlighting reactions by a former Apple employee as well as a developer WWDC attendee. While Amazon and Google have made waves in the home smart speaker space, the newly announced HomePod focuses more on audio quality than intelligence. A former employee blames it on Apple’s culture of prioritising on user privacy, and points out how the HomePod has a long way to go to match Amazon’s Echo and its capabilities.

A WSJ report cites a few Apple ex-employees and a developer who claimed that engineers at the company were dismayed at the launch of Amazon Echo, which showed Amazon had mastered a lot of things that Siri hadn’t yet. “Amazon had figured out how to isolate voices from background noise and have a digital assistant respond to requests from a distance—abilities Siri hadn’t yet mastered. People at Apple’s anxiety level went up a notch,” said a former member of Apple’s Siri team.Siri Far Behind Alexa and Google Assistant, Says Ex-Apple Employee: Report

Siri’s delayed access to third party apps, and its limited accessibility is also a hindrance for Siri. Furthermore, Apple stresses too much on privacy, and is not so big on using user’s data too much. Amazon and Google, on the other hand, have been very open to third-party integration bringing many new features to its smart speakers in due course of time.
Another ex-employee told WSJ, “In the years since, former Siri team members say, progress has been slowed by a failure to set ambitious goals, shifting strategies and a culture that prioritizes user privacy—making it difficult to personalize and improve the product. The project also has suffered from the departures of key team members, some of whom went to competitors. About a year after Mr. Jobs’s death, Apple hired Bill Stasior, an Amazon search executive, to oversee Siri. Mr. Stasior studied artificial intelligence at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but his expertise was in search rather than speech or language. This led some members of the Siri team to believe he didn’t fully appreciate the product’s original vision: to expand beyond the iPhone to third-party apps.”

Speaking of the limited and delayed access of Siri, a developer Brian Roemmele, who attended WWDC said, “People went from being happy and excited to sitting in workshops and realising, I can’t use it. Some went back to that attitude: Siri’s always going to be dumb.”

This all point to an urgent need for Apple to set ambitious goals for Siri, in order to match market competitors. Knowing Apple, it would not enter a space it wasn’t confident about, and we expect it make significant improvements to Siri. One thing Siri is better than the others is that it supports as many as 21 languages, while Alexa speaks only English and German, and Google Home works in seven languages.

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Apple Design Awards 2017 Winners Announced for Apps and Games

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Apps and game developers have been praised for innovation
  • The list of winners include both apps and games
  • The company announces these awards every year

Just like every other year, Apple Design Awards winners have been announced for 2017, highlighting the creators of apps and games that were able to achieve excellence in terms of design and innovation in apps and games categories.

Among the apps, the list of winners includes Bear, Elk, AirMail 3, Kitchen Stories, and more. Bear is a notes app, which has been described by the company as an elegant and flexible writing tool for crafting notes and prose. While Elk is a currency conversion app, it allows users to quickly convert more than 150 currencies worldwide and is optimised for both watchOS as well as iOS, as per the company.Apple Design Awards 2017 Winners Announced for Apps and Games

Apple has praised AirMail 3’s creators for optimising the email workflow with extensive customisations across platforms while the company has also appreciated the content provided by Kitchen Stories. Notable mentions in the games category include Blackbox, Severed, and Mushroom 11. The complete list of winners can be found below:

Apps

  1. Bear
  2. Elk
  3. Kitchen Stories
  4. Things 3
  5. AirMail 3
  6. Enlight
  7. Lake

Games

  1. Blackbox
  2. Severed
  3. Mushroom 11
  4. Old Man’s Journey
  5. Splitter Critters

LG will reveal the V30 on August 31st

 

LG just dropped a big hint as to what’s next for its smartphone roster. The company has sent out a “save the date” teaser that hints at a V30 launch in Berlin on August 31st, right before the start of the IFA technology trade show. The image doesn’t give too much away, but there are a couple of conspicuous clues. The “V” is the dead giveaway as to what to expect, of course, but the image itself is a 2:1 aspect ratio. In other words, you can expect the G6’s extra-tall display concept (including the minimal bezel) to carry over.

That might be reflected in leaks. If you believe renders put out by OnLeaks and MySmartPrice, the V30 will look like a larger, curvier G6 with a different take on the dual rear camera layout. That’s good news if you like the basic concept behind the G6, but it also suggests that the V-series’signature secondary display (and the removable battery) is going away. Sorry, folks.

It’s safe to say that the V30 will carry a speedier Snapdragon 835 processor, so this might allay complaints that the G6 was saddled with last year’s 821 (reportedly to avoid delays while Samsung snapped up early 835 chips). And historically, V-series phones have been big on features that appeal to mobile enthusiasts, such as high-quality audio DACs and manual camera controls. The V30 might not be particularly exciting, then, but a souped-up G6 wouldn’t be that bad in our books. The G6 was a back-to-basics phone that nailed fundamentals LG had been ignoring for too long — the V30 would be a refinement of that formula.

 

LG to launch G6 Pro and Plus on June 27: report

 

 LG G6 smartphone

LG will unveil the two models on June 27 in its home market and could later announce them for International markets.

LG will launch two new G6 variants—a G6 Pro and a G6 Plus model by the end of this month, reported a South Korean news website etnews.com. According to the report, LG will unveil the two models on June 27 in its home market and could later announce them for International markets.LG G6 smartphone

The two variants—G6 Pro and G6 Plus would mainly differ in their storage capacities. The G6 Plus model is said to offer 128GB of internal storage and feature wireless charging capabilities under a price tag of 1,000,000 Won (approx. Rs 57,000), while the G6 Pro model would feature less storage space at 32GB at a price of 790,000 Won (approx. Rs 45,000).

Additionally, the report says similar to the standard G6 model, the two will features a 5.7-inch Quad HD + full vision display with an aspect ratio of 18:9, is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC, coupled with 4GB RAM.

However, an official announcement on the launch of two G6 variants is yet to be made by the company.

 

LG continues to dominate large panel market, eyes mobile OLED displays

 

The latest data indicate that LG Display is still No. 1 in the global large display panel market, boasting the world’s highest shipments for 30 consecutive quarters.

LG’s mobile phone division may not be doing so spectacularly, but LG Display is an entirely different story. Thanks to its robust television sales as well as lucrative deals with companies like Apple, LG Display has retained its position as the No. 1 large display panel manufacturer in the world for 30 consecutive quarters. According to HIS Markit, a British financial services company, the South Korean display manufacturer has shipped 35.42 million units during the first quarter of this year.

 

Thanks to its robust television sales as well as lucrative deals with companies like Apple, LG Display has retained its position as the No. 1 large display panel manufacturer.

LG Display’s Q1 shipment of 9-inch or larger display panels accounted for 21.4 percent of the total global market share, which decreased by 8 percent compared to last year’s Q1 to 165 million units. A close second was BOE Display at 21 percent; the Chinese manufacturer has been expanding its OLED business and is rumored to be working with Apple for next-generation iPhones.

Samsung Display, on the other hand, posted a 10 percent share, ranking fifth globally. This is not all too surprising since apart from its televisions, the company remains committed to small- and mid-sized OLED displays, practically monopolizing the market. However, that may change in the future as LG is reportedly looking to transform its P10 production facility in Paju, Korea to manufacture mobile OLED displays. The facility was originally designed for large OLED panels for televisions, but with the exponential growth of the mobile OLED business, the South Korean electronics company may be devising a new plan. After all, LG is expected to debut its first flagship with an OLED screen later this year.

HIS Markit’s report on small- and mid-sized display panel market is set to be released later this month, so stay tuned for that.

Would you like to see an LG-made flagship smartphone with an OLED screen? Do you think LG will continue to dominate the large panel market despite competition from Chinese and Taiwanese companies? Let us know!

Buy a Galaxy S8, LG G6 or LG V20 and get one free with this special deal from T-Mobile and Android Central

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Here are the details:

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How to get the rebate

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The fine print

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