“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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Apps for wearables set to surge

The number of third-party apps designed for wearables is expected to grow strongly in the next four years from 2,500 at the end of 2014 to 349,000 in 2019, while Apple will have a “considerable” impact on the market, according …

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Australia tablet market falls 20% as smart bands emerge as popular gifts

Demand for tablets in Australia dropped 20 per cent last year as the saturated market was further impacted by the entry of larger-screen iPhone and Android smartphones as well as a range of wearable devices. Analyst firm Telsyte estimates that …

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Google looking to add iPhone support to Android Wear – report

Google is working on adding support for iPhones to its Android Wear platform, so that makers of wearables using the OS can look to offer devices to Apple smartphone owners. According to The Verge, at the current stage of development …

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Alibaba, Xiaomi team up on payments via wearables

Alibaba’s finance arm and fast-growing smartphone maker Xiaomi said today they are partnering to allow payments via wearable devices. The system works by linking Alibaba’s Alipay Wallet mobile app with Xiaomi’s Mi Band smart fitness bracelet to enable users to …

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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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Li Ning and Xiaomi team up on ‘smart’ trainers

China sportswear maker Li Ning is working with smartphone vendor Xiaomi to introduce affordable running shoes with “smart” chips that connect to a mobile app and let runners monitor and analyse their runs. Li Ning, which has seen its fortunes …

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Intel makes its wearables move

The US chip giant unveiled its Curie wearable module at CES 2015, based on its Quark SoC and intended for the nascent wearables market. However, with a bunch of ARM-based wearables already launched at the show, Intel is once more playing catch-up in mobile.

Intel boss brands 2015 a “turning point” in computing; unveils ‘Curie’

LIVE FROM CES 2015: Brian Krazanich, CEO of Intel, took to the keynote stage at CES2015 to describe the coming year as an “important turning point” when new technologies will change the way we interact with devices, using the term “Computing …

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