Digi Times — Global shipments of wearable devices came to 18.1 million units in the second quarter of 2015, up 223.2% from the 5.6 million shipped a year earlier, according to IDC. Fitbit ranked as the number one vendor with shipments totaling 4.4 million units in the second quarter, up 158.8% on year, but its market share dropped to 24.3% from 30.4% during the same period, IDC said.
Myanmar Time — The state-owned operator, which prior to 2014 had a corner on the telecoms market as its only player, currently leads Myanmar’s three-horse race for users with more than 14 million customers at the end of July. Telenor reported more than 10 million users in July and Ooredoo, 4.3 million at the end of June. The firm targets 70 percent area coverage this fiscal year.
Want China Times — Software and IT services sales in China surged in the first five months this year, evidence that consumption pertaining to technology and internet is increasing economic growth, said China’s top economic planner. The two sectors witnessed a 17.1% increase in sales revenue from a year earlier to 1.59 trillion yuan (US$260 billion) during the January-May period, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said Monday.
Digi Times — Sony Mobile Communications is reportedly in talks with Taiwan-based ODMs for possible production of its smart wearable devices, including smartwatches and smart bands, in addition to current production of smartphones, according to sources at local ODMs.
Digi Times — Market revenues associated with network communications, sensing, and control functions in subsystems and objects attached to the Internet of Things (IoT) are forecast to grow 29% in 2015 to US$62.4 billion after increasing 21% in 2014 to about US$48.4 billion, according to IC Insights.
Want China Times — The Taiwan unit of Yahoo announced Friday that its News and Super Mall apps will support the Apple Watch in Taiwan to cash in on a market where smartwatch ownership ranks the seven-highest in the world. The two apps are revamped with more visualized designs for notifications and location-based services, such as pushing promotional messages of local stores close to the wearer’s location, according to Yahoo Taiwan.
GOOGLE Inc’s recent update to Android Wear to 5.1.1, which began rolling out to all smartwatches in late May, brought about a number of new features that have given the platform a bit of a boost. One of those new features is support for more than one Android Wear smartwatch, which means that you could own two (or more) Android Wear devices and both can be synchronised with your smartphone at the same time. This may seem like overkill, but since watches are also a fashion accessory, it’s not inconceivable that consumers may actually have two or more Android Wear smartwatches to use on different occasions.
Yahoo launched four apps designed for Apple’s smartwatch in Taiwan Monday as the search engine’s latest attempt to push its “mobile first” strategy. The four free apps — including Yahoo Weather, Yahoo Sports Fantasy, Yahoo News Digest and Yahoo News Hong Kong — are redesigned and simplified for the Apple Watch, allowing Yahoo to deliver “a highly engaging and personal experience in a new way,” according to the company.
Huawei launched its smart band product TalkBand B2 in America and announced a strategic deal with smart band manufacturer Jawbone to integrate data from Huawei’s wearable products into its UP application ecosphere. With the cooperation, Huawei’s existing and future wearable products will be able to access Jawbone’s UP application and enjoy Jawbone’s data integration service. The data will be simultaneously stored in Huawei Wear and Jawbone UP. In the future, Huawei’s smart watch will also be included in the Jawbone UP platform.
NEW DELHI: Xiaomi has secured second rank in the global wearables market both in terms of shipments and market share, according to an IDC report. The Chinese brand, which is preceded by Fitbit at the top spot, has taken just over a year to get to the second spot. The Mi band priced at Rs 999 hit the market in China in August 2014 before expanding to Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and finally India in April 2015. Xiaomi had partnered with Huami Technologies — another startup — to bring the Mi band to the market.
Taiwanese computer maker Acer has added three new models to its Liquid Leap smart band lineup that will be on display at Computex Taipei, the world’s second-biggest computer trade show scheduled for June 2-6. The three new members are the Leap Active for what Acer describes as “socially active young-minded consumers,” the Leap Fit for “health-conscious consumers,” and the Leap Curve with a curved screen for “urban style-seekers,” Acer said in a press release.
Computex Taipei, the largest computer exhibition in Asia, is expected to place wearable devices under the spotlight to show off the latest innovation of the global high-tech industry, organizers said Saturday. Computex, the second largest information communications technology trade show in the world, will have exhibitors showcase a wide range of wearable products, such as smart watches, smart bracelets, smart glasses and even smart garments, organizers said.
As the Apple Watch is fueling business opportunities for smart wearable devices, the wearables market in China is estimated to surge from 2.2 billion yuan (US$355 million) in 2014 to 13.6 billion yuan (US$2.2 billion) in 2015 and 23 billion yuan (US$3.7 billion) in 2016. To win a slice of this prospective market, many listed Chinese tech companies are actively proceeding with their products, our sister paper Want Daily reports. Among them are Xiaomi, ZTE, Huawei, Qihoo 360, and Baidu, all of which have kicked off investments in the burgeoning industry to cash in on the potentially lucrative market for smart wearable devices.
Asustek on Thursday launched its second smartwatch in the Taiwan market, highlighting its own Kood operating system that allows longer battery life. Thanks to a lower power requirement than Google’s Android Wear OS, the Kood system gives the fitness-centric VivoWatch a battery life of 10 days, Asustek said. The VivoWatch features a 123mAh battery, much smaller than the 369mAh battery used in Asustek’s Android Wear-based ZenWatch, which lasts up to two days on a single charge.
SHENZEN: The Apple Watch goes on sale but Chinese factories are already churning out cheaper alternatives, to the delight of local consumers. “Our product has all the functions Apple Watch has, and even surpasses them,” said Zheng Yi, founder of a firm whose electronic watches can make phone calls, browse the internet and play movies. His profits may lag behind the US tech giant, but Zheng told AFP he “started working on smart watches eight years ago, long before before Apple”.
Baidu, China’s top search engine company, has just taken the wraps off of its own smartwatch OS. It’s called DuWear. Because pretty much every single Google service is blocked in China, Android Wear with its baked-in Google services is useless in China. That seems to have prompted Baidu to take a stab at it making its own. Kaiser Kuo, Baidu’s director of international communications, tells Tech in Asia that a “major manufacturer” is going to make a smartwatch that uses DuWear and it’ll be available to buy in June.
Chinese internet giant Baidu has unveiled its self-designed smart hardware DuRing, a mini projector the size of a ring that can be worn on the finger, reports Shanghai’s National Business Daily. Made of titanium alloy, DuRing weighs 22.8 grams with an 18 mm minimum diameter. It connects to Baidu online video site through wireless technology and projects to a 50-inch screen at the largest with WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution.
With decidedly less fanfare than a new iPhone launch, Apple opened the doors of its Apple Watch Store in Tokyo this morning. While it didn’t appear that anyone camped out for weeks (or even overnight), several hundred Apple devotees, members of the international press, and curious fashionistas queued up for a chance to try on – and perhaps pre-order – Apple’s first entirely new gadget since it launched the iPad five years ago.
BEIJING: Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’sfinance arm and smartphone maker Xiaomi said on Thursday they will jointly develop mobile payment systems using wearable technology, a first for China’s major tech firms. Xiaomi and Ant Financial, an Alibaba affiliate which includes China’s most popular online payment service Alipay, will enable the Alipay Wallet mobile app to link with Xiaomi’s Mi Band smart fitness bracelet. That will let users smooth the process of making payments, bypassing the need for passwords.