Tablet market experiences steepest drop since inception

Source: ABI Research

​Tablet shipment has experienced the sharpest drop — 35 percent quarter-on-quarter decrease — since 2009. The consumer device also lost 16 percent year-on-year, according to ABI Research.

Apple and Samsung have been key market players and continue to dominate a significant majority of the tablet market.

“2015 is the pivotal year for smaller, competing vendors to step-up, build their business, and gain market share in advanced and emerging markets. The tablet market lacks a truly competitive playing field needing a strong third even fourth vendor to drive the market out of stagnation. Acer, ASUS and Lenovo all show promise for claiming those spots but need to focus on building their businesses especially in markets where purchase decisions are still largely to be made,” said Jeff Orr, Senior Practice Director of ABI Research.

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Speed trial hits 1 Terabit per second

HuaweiThe dream of a digital generation are a step closer to reality following a successful trial by Proximus and Huawei. A joint test on a the Belgium telco’s network has resulted in speeds over an optical signal of up to one Terabits per second (Tbps). This is equivalent to the transmission of 33 HD films in a single second.

The trial is the first outcome of the partnership on innovation that Proximus and Huawei engaged in January.It is the first time worldwide that this Huawei technology has been tested with an operator.

The purpose of the test was to determine whether this technology can be integrated into the core network, to anticipate the constant and growing customers demand for more bandwidth. Its success shows that the Proximus future optical backbone with a capacity of 200Gbps channels, can quickly and efficiently, thanks to this Huawei technology, evolve to 400Gbps channels and even 1Tbps super channels in the future. By reusing the existing optical platform, chassis and slot, the transmission capacity of the core network links can be upgraded from 16Tbps to 20Tbps.

Goodspeed 4G Mobile Hotspot MF900 accommodates 10 SIM cards

Goodspeed 4GZTE and Uros have introduced the Goodspeed 4G mobile hotspot MF900 — which is manufactured under a technology licence from Uros — providing travellers with affordable international data roaming.

The device is the world’s first commercially available 4G hotspot that accommodates up to 10 SIM cards at once. It provides private connectivity for up to 14 Wi-Fi connections and one USB connection simultaneously.

The Goodspeed MF900 supports all mainstream global 4G frequencies (LTE FDD & LTE TDD), allowing end-users to connect to 4G networks whenever, wherever. Powering the device is a Qualcomm Gobi MDM9225 modem chipset, which offers downlink data rates of up to 150Mbps and uplink rates of up to 50Mbps.

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Singtel leverages Appier’s programmatic TV platform to help advertisers reach right audience

appierAs the digital space becomes more cluttered and complex, advertisers are finding it increasingly difficult to determine the best way to reach their target customers.

Singtel Advertising has taken a step towards helping advertisers address this conundrum by leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) technology. It has inked an agreement with Appier to introduce the first programmatic TV solution in Singapore, enabling advertisers to more effectively reach Singapore’s substantial but fragmented TV-watching population.

With Appier’s programmatic TV platform, advertisers can now plan TV campaigns based on specific target audience profiles and purchase Singtel TV’s inventory with just a few clicks. Appier’s channel recommendation system will also incorporate insights from Singtel Advertising’s existing suite of analytics capabilities, enabling brands in Singapore to leverage automation to identify the most relevant channels.

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Hybrid ultramobile is fastest growing segment of mobile PC market

GartnerHybrid devices are leading the growth in the mobile PC market and should reach 21.5 million units this year, an increase of 70 percent from 2014, according to Gartner. Eight million of these will be ultramobile tablets (two-in-one tablets) and 13.5 million hybrid ultramobiles (two-in-one detachable and convertible ultramobiles).

“This will make hybrid ultramobiles the fastest-growing segment of the mobile PC market with 77 percent year-on-year growth,” said Tracy Tsai, Research Director of Gartner.

“The combination of portability, productivity and flexibility of touch and a keyboard in one device is attracting some notebook and tablet users to replace their devices with hybrid form factors. PC vendors are expanding into this segment with a value proposition to compete with Apple and Android-based tablet vendors. Sales of hybrid devices have not stopped growing since 2012, totaling 12.6 million units in 2014 and expected to reach 58 million units in 2019,” she added.

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Cambodia to roll out 4G network

ZTEZTE and South East Asia Telecom (Seatel) are teaming up to build a national FDD-LTE network in Cambodia to deliver high-performance mobile broadband services to consumers and businesses across the country. ZTE will provide end-to-end 4G solutions and products to help Seatel realise flexible networking, resources sharing, intelligent O&M functions to build a superior and cost-efficient 4G network.

2G in Singapore to end in 2017

Singapore’s three telcos will stop providing 2G services from April 2017. The spectrum will then be freed for advanced 4G services as the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore moves to make more efficient use of the limited resources. According to IDA, there are a quarter million 2G mobile users today but they form only three percent of total mobile subscriptions.

Australia tablet and 2-in-1 market takes massive hit

IDCThe numbers for the tablet and 2-in-1 market for Q1 in Australia look grim — total shipment was 770,772 units, representing a massive 40 percent quarter-on-quarter decline.

According to IDC, while the seasonal slump is customary, the magnitude of this decline is steeper than expected. Shipment decline of 25 percent year-on-year further reinforced the reality of a slow-down in demand for this product category.

However, drilling down into the segments reveals some positive signs. Whilst consumer shipments declined by 27 percent year-on-year, commercial shipments increased by a modest 1.2 percent.

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Samsung launches low temperature video wall

samsungSamsung has introduced what is claimed to be the world’s first low temperature video wall. Specifically calibrated for the broadcast industry, the UD55E-S has a specialised panel with a lower colour temperature range of 2800k-6500k that corresponds to broadcast camera standards, ensuring that the colours of news footage and graphics are displayed accurately at all viewing angles.

The high resolution UD55E-S raises the quality of video wall solutions in the broadcast industry, where there are specific needs due to lighting conditions within the enclosed studios. The video wall also comes with MagicInfo, Samsung’s flagship signage and content management solution, which allows users to design and manage a complex, interactive multimedia display system.

“To deliver a quality viewing experience for home viewers, broadcasters require equipment with higher standards that are tailored for their unique environment. The UD55E-S addresses this challenge as it is specially optimised for the broadcast industry. With this technology, our broadcast customers will reap time and cost savings with ease of maintenance and minimum tuning while end-viewers enjoy more true-to-life images and footage on their television screens. With our commitment to innovation,” said Yong Sung Jeon, President and CEO of Samsung Electronics Southeast Asia and Oceania.

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Virtual reality a hit at NVIDIA ballroom

2015-06-04 17.07.30At Computex, the exhibition officially closes at 6pm each day but at NVIDIA’s exhibition room, the doors only shut at 9pm. That’s because members of the IT industry fraternity and the public alike are making a beeline to experience virtual reality (VR) first hand. Each VR booth was packed to the max with waiting lines similar to McDonald’s Hello Kitty sale (exaggerating a little here but get the drift). The VR featured Valve, Oculus, Hydra, and Valkyrie running on 90fps.

SmarTech Festival a showcase of the smart home

A simple lens that turns the smartphone into a microscope.
A simple lens that turns the smartphone into a microscope.

Hall 3 of Taipei World Trade Centre has been transformed into a showcase of all things related to the smart home. From app-controlled lighting to the virtual wardrobe, visitors to the SmarTech Festival at Computex can find loads of interesting devices and innovations in this hall from June 2 to 5.

From the looks of things, the smart home is not a far-fetched dream but a reality with many gadgets already available.

Kingston to unveil new gaming headset on June 4

Unique colour for new gaming headset.
Unique colour for new gaming headset.

A year after it introduced its first gaming headset, memory maker Kingston plans to unveil a new headset at Computex on June 4. From the grapevine, the new gaming headset will come in a limited edition colour. Swing by the open space at ATT 4 Fun if you’re in Taipei and check it out.

ThiEYE looks beyond China

5Action cameras are all the rage, thanks to the popularity of GoPro. Even Xiaomi has delved into the market with its own iteration. Spotted at Computex 2015 today was ThiEYE, a China company that quietly but surely launched the i60 in China in March.

Priced at US$169, the action camera is aimed at the mainstream market instead of GoPro’s targeted enthusiast market. It comes with a 1.5-inch TFT display and 152-degree wide super lens to deliver HD video (1080p 60fps) and is waterproof up to 40 metres. ThiEYE is looking to move beyond China and brining its products to Southeast Asia.

Taiwan President Ma opens Computex


President Ma of Taiwan delivering his opening address at Computex.
President Ma of Taiwan delivering his opening address at Computex.

The world’s second largest technology show was opened today by President Ma Ying Jeou of Taiwan. He also handed out awards to winners of the Best Choice Awards.

A quick tour of the halls revealed that mini-PCs, smart devices (including smart watches) and gaming PCs and peripherals are taking centre stage.