Honda Actually Sold More Manual Cars In 2018 Versus 2017

Honda actually sold more manual cars in 2018 versus 2017

We've had quite a bit of news about manual transmission take rates this week. On the disappointing side, we learned that Toyota doesn't sell many manuals in the models it offers them, and even the 86 sports car is sold more with the automatic. On the encouraging side, most people still buy Miatas with a manual. Now we have data from Honda that's partly encouraging and partly discouraging: it sold more manuals in 2018 than 2017, but the portion of overall sales is still small.

We'll focus on the good news first. Honda sold 30 percent more manual transmission-equipped cars in 2018 than in 2017 for a total of 45,601 cars. Making that number even more impressive is the fact that the Honda brand's total sales for the year went down by 2.2 percent.

Anime News: Japan's Anime Market In 2017 Worth More Than 2 Trillion Yen

ANIME NEWS: Japan's anime market in 2017 worth more than 2 trillion yen

Japan's anime industry was worth 2.1527 trillion yen ($20 billion) in 2017, topping 2 trillion yen for the first time and marking the fifth straight record high, the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) said.

The AJA, comprising production studios and anime-related companies, released the 2018 edition of the annual Report on Japanese Animation Industry in December.

Nokia 5 (2017) Receives Android 9 Pie Update

Nokia 5 (2017) Receives Android 9 Pie Update

HMD Global launched the Nokia 5 back in 2017. The affordable device was well received as it had decent specs for its price segment. The handset launched with Nougat on board and has since been updated to Android 8.0 and Android 8.1 Oreo. It’s now receiving the Android 9 Pie update. This will most likely be the last major Android platform update for this device.

Juho Sarvikas, HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer, confirmed on Twitter today that the company has started rolling out the Android 9 Pie update for the Nokia 5 (2017). The update is rolling out over-the-air so it may take a couple of days before it becomes available for everyone.

Top Court: Vote Gap In 2017 Poll Constitutional

Top court: Vote gap in 2017 poll constitutional

Japan's Supreme Court has ruled that the disparity in the values of votes cast in last year's Lower House election does not violate the country's Constitution.

Two groups of lawyers had filed lawsuits across Japan claiming that the vote disparity in October 2017 violates the Constitution's guarantee of vote equality.

Samsung Releases Android 8.0 Oreo For Galaxy A5 (2017)

Samsung Releases Android 8.0 Oreo For Galaxy A5 (2017)

There are still many Samsung devices that have yet to be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo and it appears that the company is now rolling out said update for a mid-range device. Multiple reports have surfaced online confirming that the rollout has begun for the Galaxy A5 (2017). Samsung appears to have started the Galaxy A5 (2017) Android 8.0 Oreo release in Russia. As expected, it’s a hefty update, coming in at more than 1GB as it brings a major Android platform upgrade as well as updates for Samsung’s own software as well.

It’s about time that Samsung updated the premium mid-range handsets from last year so it’s likely that we’ll see the rollout being expanded to other devices in this series in the not too distant future.

Nokia 5 And Nokia 6 (2017) Updated To Android 8.1

Nokia 5 And Nokia 6 (2017) Updated To Android 8.1

HMD Global, the company that’s making Nokia-branded smartphones now, has developed a bit of a reputation for sending out fast Android updates. That’s certainly not a bad reputation to have as customers often want to receive the latest updates as soon as possible which can be wishful thinking on a platform as fragmented as Android. Those who own a Nokia 5 or Nokia 6 (2017) should keep an eye out for an update notification today because HMD Global has released Android 8.1 for the aforementioned devices.

It has only been two months since the Nokia 5 and the Nokia 6 (2017) were updated to Android 8.0 Oreo. HMD Global didn’t conduct a beta test for this update like it did for the Android 8.1 firmware meant for Nokia 8.

More Nokia Phones Sold In Q4 2017 Than Htc, Sony, Or Google

More Nokia Phones Sold In Q4 2017 Than HTC, Sony, Or Google

It seems that despite taking a short break from the mobile space, Nokia's brandpower might not have diminished all that much. According to a series of tweets by Counterpoint analyst Neil Shah, it appears that HMD Global managed to sell 4.4 million Nokia-branded smartphones in Q4 2017.

Unfortunately 4.4 million in the overall picture isn't a lot as it basically gives the company a 1% market share, and puts Nokia's brand in 11th place, just out of reach of the top 10 brands. However it seems that the amount of phones sold in Q4 2017 was good enough to beat out more established players and bigger brands, such as HTC, Sony, and Google.

Toyota Sold Record 1.52 Million Hybrids In 2017

Toyota sold record 1.52 million hybrids in 2017

Toyota has been selling electrified cars for more than two decades now, launching the Prius hybrid in Japan in 1997. Back in the fall of 2015, the automaker announced a number of goals as part of its "Environmental Challenge 2050." One of those was to sell 1.5 million hybrids (including its Lexus brand) annually by 2020. Toyota has announced that is has already achieved that goal, selling 1.52 electrified vehicles in 2017.

That's an 8 percent increase of Toyota's 2016 hybrid sales, and means the company has sold more than 11.47 million electrified vehicles since it began. Toyota says that represents a reduction of more than 90 million tons of CO2. Last year's achievement "is a testament from our customers to the quality, durability and reliability of our electrified powertrains," says Toyota Executive VP Shigeki Terashi, "and, thanks to them, has led us to establish a solid and sustainable foundation for mass producing a more diverse portfolio of electrified vehicles across our range moving forward."

Sony Manufacturing Process Of A Cmos Image Sensor Detailed At Iedm 2017

Sony manufacturing process of a CMOS image sensor detailed at IEDM 2017

The Sony group (Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corp and Sony Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp) made an announcement about the manufacturing process of a CMOS image sensor that is made by stacking layers including a DRAM layer and making them into a chip at IEDM 2017.

The image sensor was first announced at ISSCC 2017 and has already been employed for smartphones (See related article). But this is the first time that the group has unveiled the manufacturing process.

Nikon Is The No.1 Full-frame Camera Market In December 2017

Nikon is the No.1 full-frame camera market in December 2017

Nikon made a major sales announcement today, revealing that the company achieved the #1 spot in the full-frame camera market for December 2017. More specifically, the company "attained the #1 position for both market share and revenue for December 2017, in the full-frame digital camera with interchangeable lens (DCIL) category in the U.S." That DCIL term is what we refer to as just ILC here at DPReview, and yes, that includes full-frame mirrorless.

The numbers come from the US retail tracking group The NPD Group Inc., and the result is due largely to what Nikon calls "exceptional demand" for the Nikon D850 DSLR, which launched in August of last year and went on to be one of the most highly demanded cameras of the 2017 holiday season.

Foreign Tourist Spending In Japan Hits Record In 2017

Foreign tourist spending in Japan hits record in 2017

Spending by foreign tourists to Japan increased 17.8 percent in 2017 from a year earlier to a record 4.42 trillion yen ($39.9 billion), as the number of travelers rose to an all-time high, the Japan Tourism Agency said Tuesday.

The surge in spending was boosted by robust increases in the number of visitors from Asia and their purchases, the agency said.