“Smart wearables” set to gain ground – IDC

More than 72 million wearable devices will be shipped in 2015, marking a year-on-year growth of 173.3 per cent, according to a forecast from IDC. A compound annual growth rate of 42.6 per cent is expected for the five year …

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Fitbit on the up after IPO

Wearables maker Fitbit saw strong growth in its share price following its Initial Public Offering (IPO), indicating that concern about its position in this competitive market is not dampening investor sentiment. Shares were initially priced at $20, above the range …

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Xiaomi now second largest maker of wearables

Less than a year after moving into wearables, China’s fast-rising Xiaomi emerged as the world’s second largest maker of wearable devices in Q1. It shipped 2.8 million units during the quarter compared to Fitbit’s four million, according to IDC. Xiaomi, …

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Wearables market in rude health in Q1 – IDC

The worldwide wearable device market recorded its eighth consecutive quarter of steady growth in the first quarter of 2015, bucking the post-holiday slowdown in what was described as “a strong sign for the wearables market”. “It demonstrates growing end-user interest …

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Smartphone growth set to slow on China, Android weakness – IDC

Smartphone shipments are forecast to grow 11.3 per cent in 2015, compared with 27.6 per cent in 2014, but despite the slowdown “many markets will experience robust growth in 2015 and beyond”, according to research firm IDC. The company said …

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Wearable growth driven by new devices, vendors – IDC

Vendors will ship 45.7 million wearable devices in 2015, up “a strong 133.4 per cent” from the 19.6 million units delivered in 2014, according to IDC. The company noted factors including new vendors, new devices, and greater end-user awareness. By …

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Smartphone shipments jump 76% in the Philippines

Smartphone shipments in the Philippines grew by 76 per cent last year and accounted for 47 per cent of the 26.8 million handset total, according to data from IDC. A year ago smartphones only accounted for 24 per cent of total …

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Tablets market set for slowed growth – IDC

IDC “scaled back” its five-year outlook for the tablet sector, with growth slowing to “low single digits”, underpinned by demand from the commercial sector and Microsoft gaining traction in this market. The review comes after the tablet sector saw its …

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Mobile gamer base tops 1B

The number of mobile (smartphone and tablets) regularly used for gaming topped one billion for the first time late in 2014, as the installed base of dedicated gaming handhelds declined “marginally”, according to a study by IDC and App Annie. …

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