PLDT, Smart unlock amazing digital experiences powered by PH’s fastest network

Unlock the Future - MVP with PLDT and Smart Executives and PartnersLeading digital services providers PLDT, Inc. and Smart Communications unlock the future with new innovative products and services powered by the country’s fastest fixed and mobile networks. In the photo: PLDT and Smart Chairman and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan leads the celebratory toast with PLDT and Smart executives and partners from ABS-CBN, Cignal, ESPN 5, Google, Huawei, iflix, NBA, Oppo, Samsung, StarMobile, and Roku.

Fresh from their latest recognition as the Philippine’s fastest fixed and mobile networks, leading digital services provider PLDT Inc. and its mobile arm Smart Communications are ushering in a new wave of innovative products & services that aim to unlock amazing experiences for Filipinos whether they are in the comfort of their home or on the go.

PLDT and Smart presented their latest products at a powerhouse event aptly themed ‘Unlock the Future’ and graced by executives, endorsers, celebrities, and partners in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

“Over the past years, we’ve been hard at work to future-proof our network and beef up our digital content and product partners. We’re delighted to present our most exciting services that are designed to meet the ever-evolving needs of Filipinos,” said Oscar A. Reyes, Jr., PLDT and Smart SVP and Consumer Business Market Development Head.

“Backed by our fastest networks, these innovative solutions will elevate the way our customers enjoy digital devices, services, and content. As we get ready to close 2018 and prepare for a new year ahead, we will continue our groundbreaking work to help empower Filipinos to enjoy an amazing life,” said Andrew L. Santos, PLDT-Smart FVP and Consumer Marketing Head.

Unlocking an amazing life for Filipinos

To establish even stronger connections at home, PLDT has introduced the new PLDT Home Fibr Google Wifi Plans, which feature a whole home wifi network system that puts an end to dead spots and ensures strong and Fibr-fast connection in every corner of your home.

New PLDT Home customers can now subscribe to Google Wifi Plan 3799, which comes with an unlimited 50Mbps connection, three Google Wifi points, and free service assistance from the Home Geek Squad. On the other hand, existing PLDT Home Fibr customers can simply avail of Google Wifi units as an add-on for Php799 per month for a set of three.

PLDT is also unlocking a new entertainment experience at home with the upcoming launch of the new PLDT Home TVolution Lite that is powered by Roku®. The new service features a plug-and-play device that allows customers to easily and effortlessly watch trending videos on YouTube; their favorite HD channels from Cignal; Top Hollywood, Asian and local movies and TV series from iflix; critically-acclaimed Netflix originals and films, and hundreds of free streaming channels on their TV.

Following their support for the much celebrated Esports and Gaming Summit 2018 and the recently concluded ‘Road to the Nationals,’ which awarded the country’s top DOTA 2 and Tekken 7 players, PLDT and Smart also affirmed their commitment to deliver the best gaming experience for Filipino gamers powered by PLDT Home Fibr, the fastest Fibr connection for lag-free gaming at home, and Smart LTE, the fastest LTE network for gaming on-the-go.

Unlocking bigger and more rewarding experiences

On the other hand, buoyed by the massive success of its Free YouTube campaign, which more than doubled the daily active YouTube users on its network and drove over 13 times more data usage traffic from customers, Smart has stepped up to unlock total entertainment with Video Every Day.

A new promo that comes with all of Smart’s GigaSurf data packages, Video Every Day provides customers with up to 1 hour of Video access daily for YouTube, iflix, iWant TV, Cignal Play and NBA League Pass – for as long as their GigaSurf subscription is valid. Smart customers can now register to GigaSurf with Video Every Day by simply dialing *121# or via the mySmart app.

Apart from these services, Smart has also announced game-changing partnerships with popular smartphone manufacturers Oppo, Samsung, and Starmobile to encourage more Filipinos to upgrade to LTE-capable handsets that come with special discounts and freebies.

Among these special LTE-capable handsets are the OPPO A71 Smart LTE phone kit, which is now available for Php5,998 (from the original SRP of Php6,990); the Samsung J2 Core Smart LTE Phone Kit priced at Php4,990 (from Php5,990); and Starmobile Play Click TNT LTE phone kit, which is very affordable at Php2,998 (from Php3,490).

To offer a much bigger digital experience, Smart also continues to strengthen its portfolio of the latest flagship devices with the data-packed GigaX Plans, which feature separate data allocations for streaming videos, as well as enjoying apps and surfing websites.

Smart offers the newly launched Huawei Mate 20 with the GigaX Plans at Php2199 per month, and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro at Php2,599 per month.

Smart also makes it easier for customers to get hold of the latest iPhones, starting with the iPhone XS at Php3,299 per month, and the iPhone XS Max at Php3,599 per month. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is also available with the Smart GigaX Plans.

Finally, in celebration of its 25th anniversary, Smart announced its biggest anniversary e-raffle promo in the company’s history, which gives customers a chance to win data packages, MVP Rewards points, LTE smartphones every month, leading up to the grand raffle on February 25, 2019 in which one lucky subscriber will win Php25 million cash! To join, subscribers need only to register to select data promos and add-ons.

Twin awards for the country’s fastest network

Earlier this year, PLDT and Smart were cited for being the country’s fastest fixed and mobile networks for Q1-Q2 2018, respectively, by Ookla®, the global leader in internet testing and analysis.

Just recently, independent mobile analytics company OpenSignal also cited Smart for providing its customers the best video experience in the country. The UK-based firm has published an independent analysis of the customer experience for video services by telecom carriers in Asia, showing that Smart garnered a video experience score of 42.2, well ahead of competition in the Philippines and well above the national average.

OpenSignal also recognized Smart earlier this year for having the country’s fastest LTE network, awarding the company with four citations including best in 4G LTE download speed; best in overall download speed; best 4G latency performance; and best 3G latency performance in its March 2018 report.

Be emergency-ready this rainy season with reliable Akari products

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(L-R) Akari’s LED emergency light, 12-inch bluetooth music box fan, and electric mosquito killer
Be emergency-ready this rainy season with reliable Akari products
It’s the rainy season once again, posing hazard to the Filipinos’ health and homes.
Akari, the leading lighting and technology brand in the country, aims to help you keep
your home and family safe and to be emergency-ready this rainy season.
Equip your home with Akari LED emergency light to provide you with temporary lightinof up to seven hours during a power outage. To ensure a longer battery lifespan, ifeatures overcharge/over-discharge protection so you can keep it plugged in and ready-
to-use in times of sudden blackouts.
To avoid mosquito-borne diseases common during the wet season, Akari offers a wide
range of electric mosquito killers that can cover up to 100 square meters with a zapping
voltage of up to 1400V.
Akari also has an AC/DC 12-inch bluetooth music box fan that can keep you cool and
entertained when there is a power interruption. This rechargeable fan can operate for uto six hours; you can also play your favorite tunes via bluetooth with its built-in speaker.
To know more and to purchase these Akari products online, visit www.akari.com.ph or
Facebook page, www.facebook.com/AkariLights .

Maymay and Edward take their connection to the next level with PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi

Teen stars and popular love team Maymay Entrata and Edward Barbers are taking their connection to the next level as the new endorsers of PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi, the first prepaid service of the country’s No. 1 home broadband.

Both very active on social media, MayWard – as their throngs of fans call them endearingly – know too well the importance of a reliable Internet connection when it comes to reaching out to their followers and sharing every step of their journey to stardom the moment they finished their stint at a famous reality TV show.

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“Then, viewers simply had to tune into their television to get to know what we were doing.Nagbago ang lahat nung natapos ang reality TV show. Now we turn to the Internet and social media as a means to share our lives with our fans,” said Edward.

Sharing their journey via social media

 

“Malaking-malaki talaga ang utang na loob namin sa aming fans, kaya we always engage them as much as as possible. Thanks to the Internet and apps, mas madali for us to get in touch and interact with them kahit nasaan man sila – Pilipinas man o abroad,” said Maymay.

The loveteam’s accounts are filled with their travel adventures, behind-the-scene moments of their gigs and TV appearances, and daily discoveries that show off their fun-loving and carefree personalities.

Instagram remains to be the duo’s main social media platforms, with Maymay boasting 1.8 million followers, and Barber amassing 1.2 million followers. Recently, they also got on board the Tiktok craze, using the app to take short videos and edit them with special effects before uploading them for millions of followers.

Being their own content managers

 

Just like many celebrities their age, MayWard have turned into their very own social media managers, creating content and managing the account all by themselves. They often start their days scrolling through their own social media feeds, liking and commenting on posts, and then posting their own content to engage with their followers.

 “Very hands-on talaga kami. We think about content that our followers and fans will find fun andmasayang-masaya talaga kami whenever they enjoy what we post and put out there,” said Edward.

Maymay revealed that most of their social media activities are done during their downtime; for example, backstage while waiting for their stage appearances, in transit for their many shows locally and abroad, or at home during their rest days.

“We use our mobile network when we’re on the go, but when we’re in the comfort of our home,malaking tulong talaga if you have a reliable Internet connection for your online activities. It is in this way that having your own PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi makes perfect sense,” said Edward.

Get your sulit on with PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi

Available at PLDT Stores and retailers nationwide, the PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi comes with FREE 10GB data valid for seven days for a one-time fee of Php1,995. Because it is prepaid, there are no monthly bill payments, locked-in periods, or even uncontrolled data usage.

Even better, PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi lets you surf for as low as Php15 for 1GB via Home Boost 15, which comes with 1GB valid for 1 day for only Php15. You can enjoy Home Boost 15 as an add-on to promos like Home Boost 50 or up, for greater savings.

PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi is powered by Smart, the country’s fastest mobile Internet, according to a user-generated survey by Ookla, the world’s network testing leader.

“With PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi, madaling-madali especially for people our age na magkaroon ng sulit at mabilis na Internet connection sa bahay,” said Maymay. “Because it’s Prepaid Home WiFi,di na kailangan ng contract or locked-in period. Mas madali rin ma-control yung data usage and budget mo kasi maglu-load up ka lang sa tuwing gagamitin mo.”

“Even young people our age know the value of sulit,” said Edward. “We know na ‘leveling up’ does not necessarily mean having to pay a high price tag. With PLDT Prepaid Home WiFi, you can truly get your sulit on and enjoy fast Internet at home without having to shell out too much – that’s what’s sulit about it.”

To know more about PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi, visit http://www.pldthome.com and follow PLDT’s official accounts on Facebook (www.facebook.com/PLDTHome) and Twitter (@PLDTHome).

LBC makes its move to digital transformation

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The way consumers talk and transact in this millennial world is changing at a breakneck speed.  With dwindling attention spans, an open market that has attracted challengers from all corners, and the need to get business done with a swipe of the screen, enterprises are now being asked to reconsider where they stand on this playing field today.

LBC Express, the leading logistics provider in the Philippines, knows that to sustain the success it has enjoyed for over 68 years, they have to embark on one of their biggest and boldest moves yet: a comprehensive digital transformation. The intent is to move differently and put themselves in a position to better respond to customers, clients, and corporations’ needs.

An upgrade from the ground up, LBC Express initiated a revamp of all its digital assets starting at the back is an integration of all their operations, breaking free from silos, aligning all the data they have of their clientele worldwide. From there, they are also introducing an all-new mobile app, relaunching the corporate site and consolidating dozens of different territory-initiated social media pages into one official Facebook account.

Because of this revolution, the company’s platforms and other solutions will allow people to benefit from LBC’s features in the most intuitive, simplest, efficient way possible. The use of technology is more responsive and proactive to what people truly need which is a service that allows them to focus on moving beyond the things they send to their families, loved ones and even business partners.

To bring all these impactful changes together, the new communications has also taken on a more progressive route inspired by the campaign’s manifesto “Let’s Move”. A refreshed tone, look and feel puts the customer at the center, with an even more comprehensive media plan that follows not just the customer’s journey, but also offers him customized solutions he can avail of as he grows with the brand instead of merely one-and-done transactions.

They have also taken digital transformation to the next level in terms of their relationship with their partner that debunks the old Client-Agency model in favor of a far more collaborative set-up with its new Partner of Record, The Havas Ortega Group.

LBC’s Chief Marketing Officer Javier Mantecon reflected on the decision to tap Havas Ortega. “We weren’t looking for just a communications agency. We were looking for a partner that will be directly involved in all of our marketing operations.

Their understanding of our business needs, their expertise in digital marketing and their insights on our new market through their Millennial Codes Study synced with our digital transformation goals. It is through this synergy, we are able to deliver more to our clientele through our services in the most efficient way with the help of technology,” he said.

Asked to elaborate on the unique alliance, LBC Express President & Chief Operating Officer, Mike Camahort shares, “We are excited to make a major move with our digital transformation and keep up with the demands. It is amazing that this is guided by a unique and non-traditional strategy of getting operations and communications together as an integrated whole. Havas Ortega understood the life stage of LBC Express and they were able to demonstrate on how we can help more lives, business and even communities”.

As LBC Express clears the runway on this journey towards complete digital transformation, even more impactful moves are being mapped out in the horizon. With an open invitation to everyone, LBC is more than ready to take on all the challenges that this Millennial World has in store.

 

 

Engineered to maximize your business print efficiency

Brother launches two new Refill Tank System inkjet printers with A3 print capabilities, superior cost-efficiency, and comprehensive connectivity options.

Brother Executives(From L-R) Brother International Corporation Singapore Managing Director Mr. Takao “Andy” Shima, Brother Industries Ltd. General Manager Ms. Yumiko Iwadare, Brother Philippines President Mr. Glenn Hocson, and Brother Philippines SMB Sales & Product Manager Mr. Shinichi Tanaka.

Brother takes great pride in developing inkjet printers that deliver greater reliability, innovation and cost-effectiveness. This same unwavering commitment to its ‘Customer First’ approach can be found in Brother’s newest A3 Inkjet Printer Series for businesses and home-office users with high print volumes.

 

“Many businesses are considering A3 inkjet printers for creating their business plans and presentations, or design materials such as floor plans, blueprints, site images and technical drawings.” says Mr. Glenn Hocson, President at Brother Philippines. However, such high-print volumes, ink replacement can be extremely costly. Brother’s latest A3 Inkjet Printer Series in 2018 have been designed for outstandingcost-efficiency and business productivity while delivering the same quality and reliability for which Brother is renowned.”

 

This new series features an Inkjet Printer HL-T4000DW and Multi-Function Centre, MFC-T4500DW. Performance and enhanced features for this new inkjet printer series include:

 

Superior Cost Efficiency

·         Lower cost-per-page – Refill Tank System inkjet printers come with ultra-high-yield ink refill bottles that enable you to print up to 6,500 pages1 in black and 5,000 pages1 in color

·         Cut costs by 50% – Instantly reduce your paper waste and expenses by half with the automatic 2-sided printing feature

·         Enhanced durability – Features a robust printhead with stainless steel lamination and Piezoelectric ceramic technology for longer machine life and less frequent repairs and servicing

 

Effortless User Experience

·         Convenient ink tank access – Enjoy quick, mess-free refills with the embedded, front-access tank, and easily monitor individual ink levels through the transparent ink tank cover

·         Comprehensive paper handling – Handle a variety of paper weights and sizes with a 250 sheets standard tray and 100 sheets multi-purpose tray

·         Multi-page scan, copy & fax capabilities2 – Perform multi-page scan and copy and fax jobs without having to insert the pages individually with the 50 sheets Automatic Document Feeder

·         User-friendly navigation  Easily navigate features and functions with the large 2.7” LCD touchscreen and full-sized keypad2

 

Enhanced Productivity

·         Fast print speeds – Enjoy print speeds3 of up to 22/20 ipm (mono/color), and boost your business productivity with Fast Mode speeds of up to 35/27 ppm (mono/color) [ipm: images per minute; ppm: pages per minute]

·         Quick first-page-out times – Spend less time waiting with fast first-page-out times4 of just 5.5 seconds for mono prints and 6 seconds for colour prints

·         Professional print quality – Print brilliant photos, crisp and clear text with an outstanding resolution of 1,200 x 4,800 dpi

·         Comprehensive print capabilities – Print detailed floor plans, blueprints, site images and other materials in-house on a wide variety of paper types and sizes up to A3

 

Extensive Connectivity

  • Multiple connectivity options  Easily share your device among the entire office workgroup using the built-in wireless and network connectivity
  • Effortless mobile printing – Print directly from your iPhone, iPad, Android™ or Windows® Mobile device through Brother’s iPrint&Scan, AirPrint, Mopria® and Google Cloud Print
  • Print JPEGs directly from USB storage – Print photos from your USB flash drive conveniently via the front-access port with USB Direct Print
  • Scan and print via Wi-Fi Direct – Directly print or scan from your mobile device without need for access to your network

 

Advanced Device Management

·         Restrict access to your printers –Assign authorized users or groups with access to specific functions such as color printing, setting page limits, scanning features and more with the Secure Function Lock 

·         Integrate easily into your IT Security Infrastructure –Manage printer access and login authentication through a central management system with Active Directory and User Authentication

·         Conveniently monitor via fleet management software – BRAdmin Light is an enterprise-level device management solution that allows you to manage a fleet of network-connected machines from one centralized location

 

Series Line-up and Availability

The HL-T4000DW and MFC-T4500DW are both available in Authorized Retail Stores nationwide. For more information, visit http://www.brother.com.ph/

PLDT Home, the country’s No.1 home broadband, launches its first prepaid broadband service

With the company’s vision of bringing world-class Internet to Filipino families, PLDT has launched its first ever PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi, an affordable service that makes it easier than ever for more families to enjoy their online activities in the comfort of their home.

PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi

The PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi is a plug and play device that instantly connects you to the Internet. Once plugged into a power source, it can simultaneously connect up to 5 WiFi-ready devices, such as a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, to high-speed Internet.

Unlike the regular Pocket WiFi which is meant for users on the go, the PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi is specially designed for home use as it utilizes the LTE 700MHZ band, a low frequency that easily penetrates houses and buildings. This way, the PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi is able to deliver high-speed Internet indoors – whether in the living room, kitchen, or bedroom.

PLDT’s pinakasulit Home Internet

Aside from being affordable, PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi also lets you enjoy PLDT Home’spinakasulit Internet with the Home Boost 15, which comes with 1GB valid for 1 day for only Php15. You can enjoy Home Boost 15 as an add-on to promos like Home Boost 50 or up, for greater savings.

With the PLDT Prepaid Home Wifi, families can learn together and research for school; bond by streaming videos and music; stay active on their favorite apps; or catch up with loved ones and friends on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter – all in the comfort of their homes.

And because it is prepaid, there’s no need to worry about monthly bill payments, lock-in period, or uncontrolled data usage because customers simply have to load it up and register to promos that suit their family’s needs.

Powered by the Philippines’ fastest mobile Internet

The PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi is powered Smart’s LTE network, the Philippines’s fastest mobile Internet, according to the latest Speedtest® report of Ookla, the global leader in Internet testing and analysis.

In its analysis of over 2 million user-generated tests on LTE devices in the Philippines from Q1 to Q2 of 2018, Ookla said Smart provided the country’s fastest LTE connection with average download speeds of 17.25 Mbps, and average upload speeds of 7.65 Mbps.

On the other hand, UK-based mobile analytics firm OpenSignal also recognized Smart for having the country’s fastest LTE network, bestowing the company four citations in its March 2018 report: best in 4G LTE download speed; best in overall download speed; best 4G latency performance; and best 3G latency performance.

High-speed Smart LTE now covers major urban areas including Metro Manila, Rizal, Cebu, and Davao, and top sites in Bacolod, Baguio, Baler, Batanes, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Laguna, Leyte, Palawan, Sagada, Sarangani, and Zamboanga, among others.

Get the PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi with FREE 10GB for only P1,995

The PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi is now available at all PLDT Stores and retailers nationwide and comes with FREE 10GB, valid for 7 days, for a one-time payment of only Php1,995.

FINTQ’s online lending platform Lendr also makes it easier for customers to get hold of the PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi via affordable installment payments.

With Lendr, customers can buy the device for an initial low cash-out of Php495, followed by six weekly payments of Php370, which can be paid through any Smart Padala center, Bayad Center, ECPay, and 7-Eleven outlets. They simply need to visit https://pldthomewifi.lendr.com.ph to create an account, complete the application form and apply for a loan to purchase the device. FINTQ is the financial technology arm of Voyager Innovations–the digital innovations arm of PLDT and Smart.

What are you waiting for?  Get your own PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi now! To know more, visitwww.pldthome.com and follow PLDT’s official accounts on Facebook (www.facebook.com/PLDTHome) and Twitter (@PLDTHome).

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HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, brings back Snake through Facebook AR feature

  • Snake, a Nokia classic, comes to Facebook’s new camera AR platform. 
  • The iconic game is brought up-to-date on Facebook camera.
  • The introduction of Snake Mask and Snake Real World comes with multiplayer functionality.
  • Through augmented reality, fans can now transform into the iconic Snake and even stream it LIVE on their Facebook news feed.

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, introduces an enhanced version of the classic Snake with augmented reality through Facebook’s camera feature. The new filter, the Snake Mask, and game, the Snake Real World, brings the iconic game to a new generation of fans.

The addictive premise of the game remains the same but with a fun AR twist, allowing fans to take on the role of the apple-munching Snake. The Snake Mask and Snake Real World utilize new Facebook AR technology to bring the Snake game to the widest audience possible.

Snake at the zoo? Snake at the beach? Snake on a plane? All of these are now possible with Snake on Facebook camera. With Facebook Live integration, players can broadcast their gameplay live on their Facebook news feed, allowing friends to join the action.

The all-new Snake Mask filter uses the front-facing camera of Android™ and iOS powered smartphones to let players turn themselves into the iconic Snake character while Snake Real World is activated using the rear-facing camera.

Pekka Rantala, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of HMD Global, said:

“The world-famous game snaked its way back into people’s hearts at MWC in 2017, during which we announced Snake for Facebook Messenger.

The game was designed for a new social generation—fans could invite friends to play and share scores, making it more interactive than before. This was the first time in Snake’s history that it was launched on a universal channel rather than preloaded on a device. The game gained 121 million players around the world during its peak.

We at HMD Global are bringing the much-loved gaming icon to a new AR era. The enhanced Snake is an immersive experience that lets fans transform themselves into the Snake character and eat apples on Facebook camera—truly an exciting step into the world of AR gaming.”

Shannon Mead, Country Manager of HMD Global Philippines said:

“Filipinos will surely love this new and upgraded Snake game as it brings back the fun and nostalgic moments they had from the original version. Now that we are in the process of writing Nokia mobile’s next chapter, we encourage our consumers to create new memories with the new Nokia phones they can rely on, now made even more exciting by the Snake Mask and Snake Real World.”

The camera filter can be accessed via the Facebook camera and is not limited to Nokia smartphones. It is available on Android™ and iOS.

HMD Global encourages players to share the most unusual places they have played the game using the hashtag #imasnake2.

How to play

 

1. Open the Facebook app

2. Click the camera Icon top left to open Facebook Camera

3. Scroll to the Snake Mask

4. Ssstart to play!

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For further information, please contact:

BrandComm Asia on behalf of HMD Global Philippines

Edree Estaura

Mob: +63 915 647 8226

Email: edree.estaura@brandcommasia.com.ph

 

About HMD Global

Headquartered in Espoo, Finland, HMD Global Oy is the home of Nokia phones. HMD designs and markets a range of smartphones and feature phones targeted at a range of consumers and price points. With a commitment to innovation and quality, HMD is the proud exclusive licensee of the Nokia brand for phones and tablets. For further information, see www.hmdglobal.com.

Nokia is a registered trademark of Nokia Corporation.

Android is a trademark of Google LLC. IOS is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries and is used under license.