Digi Times — TSMC and MediaTek have announced their commitment to a long-term partnership to continue developing innovative products for Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable device applications based on TSMC’s ultra-low power (ULP) technology platform. Under the ULP platform, TSMC offers multiple processes to provide significant power reduction benefits for IoT and wearable products and a comprehensive design ecosystem to accelerate time-to-market for customers.
Tech in Asia — The fitness tech industry has come up with plenty of ways to monitor your health and your training regime. Your garden-variety Fitbit or Xiaomi Mi Band can give you information on your heart rate, the distances you run, how often you train, and more. So that takes care of the corpore sano but what about the mens sana part?
Digi Times — Global smartwatch shipments reached 8.1 million units in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to 7.9 million Swiss watches shipped during the same period, the first time ever that smartwatches have out-shipped Swiss watches on a global basis, according to Strategy Analytics.
Digi Times — Gartner has forecast that 274.6 million wearable electronic devices will be sold worldwide in 2016, an increase of 18.4% from 232 million units in 2015. Sales of wearable electronic devices will generate revenues of US$28.7 billion in 2016. Of that, US$11.5 billion will be from smartwatches. From 2015 through 2017, smartwatch adoption will see 48% growth largely due to Apple popularizing wearables as a lifestyle trend.
Telecom Asia — China Mobile ended 2015 with over 312.2 million 4G customers, representing 37.7% of its total mobile customer base, operating statistics provided by the company show. The operator added 24.9 million 4G customers in the month of December alone, mostly through existing 3G users upgrading to 4G.
EE Times — MANILLA—MediaTek unveiled three systems-on-chip at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016. The SoCs are designed for wearable devices, smart home applications and Ultra-HD (4K) Blu-ray players. The MT2523 series, which is dedicated to smart watches and other wearables, is a system-in-package (SiP) that enables GPS, dual-mode Bluetooth Low Energy and a MIPI-supported high-resolution mobile screen, according to the company.
Enterprise Innovation — Starbucks Coffee Korea launched in November the new Starbucks app on the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch in South Korea. Through the app, customers can track their My Starbucks Rewards status and pay for Starbucks purchases directly from the wearable device, a first in Asia.
Tech in Asia — Today at the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun dropped a few surprising quotes. Namely, he debunked the idea that a smartphone company’s number-one goal is, well, selling smartphones. “Xiaomi does not emphasize goals such as smartphone sales anymore,” he said during an onstage interview that was transcribed by the official MIUI blog. “I want to get rid of traditional key performance indicators,” Lei Jun added.
Digi Times — A quarter after Apple debuted as the number two wearables vendor worldwide, China-based vendor Xiaomi finished the third quarter of 2015 as a strong contender for this position. Similarly, newcomer XTC beat out Samsung Electronics as the world’s number five wearables vendor. According to IDC, total shipment volume for the quarter came to 21 million units, up 197.6% from the 7.1 million units shipped in third-quarter 2014.
Myanmar Times — U Thaung Tin said his ministry will not deter operators from using more advanced technology. “If operators want to launch a 4G network for their subscribers, we are ready to support the spectrum,” he said. The 4G Long Term Evolution, or LTE, networks are faster than their third-generation, or 3G, counterparts. They also require more expensive handsets and use up more data, requiring users to add credit to their phones more often.
Digital News Asia — CELLULAR provider Digi.Com Bhd reported third quarter 2015 (Q3 2015) revenue had dropped to RM1.67 billion from RM1.76 billion in the corresponding period last year, although Internet revenue grew 18% year-on-year and 4.5% quarter-on-quarter.
Enterprise Innovation — SK Telecom has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China Unicom to cooperate in strengthening their competitiveness in the telecommunications industry and promoting new growth businesses. Under the MOU, SK Telecom and China Unicom will work closely in diverse areas such as 5G technology, international roaming, platform, and startup support to enhance customer benefits and lead the development of the overall ICT industry.
Myanmar Times — Ooredoo Myanmar is preparing to give Myanmar universities and clinics free internet service, said the firm’s senior public relations manager Ma Thiri Kyar Nyo. “I cannot say when we will offer services exactly because it is under discussion, but Ooredoo will start this service in Yangon and Mandalay first,” she said.
Want China Times — Swiss watchmaker Swatch Group announced the launch of its first near-field-communication (NFC)-based payment watch, the Swatch Bellamy, at an event in Shanghai on Oct. 14. Swatch has teamed up with two Chinese partners, the country’s largest credit card issuer China UnionPay and the Bank of Communications, Shanghai-based online media outlet the Paper reports.
India Times — NEW DELHI: After Fitbit, it is now the turn of US-based Jawbone to foray into the Indian market with its range of fitness bands as it looks to tap into the growing health monitoring devices market in the country. Jawbone has introduced three new devices, priced between Rs 4,999 and Rs 14,999, that will be available through e-commerce firm Amazon.
Telecom Asia — SK Telecom will work with Ericsson and Sony Mobile to trial the use of IoT wearables over LTE networks. The trials will involve testing new device and network innovations for wearables that have consumer lifestyle and wellness applications. The devices will have multiple sensors providing accelerometer, identification, pulse meter and GPS functionality.
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.