FitBit Has A Surprising And High Profile New Fan

FItBit’s range of smart fitness products has catapulted the company onto bigger and better avenues over the last year or so, the new breed of small, light yet powerful wearable pieces of tech has captured the imagination. It now looks as if the company has another fan that is rather more powerful than your average consumer.

That consumer in question is 44th US president and a fan of tech Mr Barrack Obama who was seen sporting what looks to be a FitBit Surge while being interviewed by comic legend Jerry Seinfeld. Below is a snap that was taken of Mr Obama wearing the device, it seems the president has been looking forward to test driving the watch since last year. There has also been a humorous take concerning Mr Obama’s preference for FitBit considering both Apple and Samsung smart watches have a recording function built-in which might be slightly dodgy for the president.

According to research that was conducted by IDC, FitBit is the world’s highest selling wearable device and leads Apple. It conveys the paradox that many government officials find themselves in, on one hand they attempt to clamp down and pursue tech companies over surveillance and various laws, yet they also use the gadgets that have been created by that industry.

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Smartphone Shipments in China Faced with First Decline in Six Years

We’ve all been super hyped with the latest smartphones these past years, haven’t we? I mean, since Steve Jobs revealed the first iPhone back in 2007, every manufacturer went crazy and started expanding this industry, building all sorts of smart devices in an attempt to draw more customers.

During this time, the smartphone industry has flourished from all the hype. However, nowadays we have smartphones that pretty much handle most stuff we do on our PCs or laptops. So does this inspire you to upgrade as you were eager to do in the past? Yeah… I thought so.

The same results seem to show in a study made by research firm IDC, indicating that Chinese smartphone shipments have dropped for the first time in six years. They noted that Q1 2015 shipments have dropped 4% since Q1 2014 and 8% since Q4 2014. Figures show only 98.8 million units shipped this Q1, which is the first time since Q4 2013 that shipments fall below the 100 million mark.

Apple is still the top smartphone vendor in China with 14.7% market shares, which is not surprising at all, followed by Xiaomi and Huawei with 13.7% and 11.4% respectively. IDC expects a flat growth for the Chinese smartphone market this year, but some good can come of all this (at least for the consumer).

Given the figures, Xiaomi, Huawei and Lenovo might switch from their usual entry-level smartphones to more higher-spec devices to give customers a reason for upgrading their phones.

Also, the latter companies would be pushed to strongly consider expanding beyond the Chinese border and into markets that are now dominated by Samsung, HTC and others. So if you wanted to see that Xiaomi smartphone that caught your eye in stores outside of China, I don’t think you need to wait very long.

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IDC Publish Report Of Top PC Makers For 2013

The recent 3Q13 report was published by research firm IDC, it listed the top five PC makers for the last quarter and it did so by working out who had shipped the most units. The company does also keep a revenue count, but since that never lines up with reported financials it has been all but useless information.

When you rank the companies by their unit shipments we see the following.

  1. Lenovo
  2. Hewlett-Packard (HP)
  3. Dell
  4. Acer
  5. Asus

This list is a big deal for these companies and any and all statistics of big companies such as these are vital for investors too, so having the right information is extremely important, but according to Forbes it isn’t the list you should be looking at.

Since IDC has no way of knowing what the mix of products is, knowing that 1 million units shipped with essentially little or no knowledge of the unit price, or how many of each product type sold is worthless information.

For the tech industry, units shipped is more than enough, especially for a company that may only make graphics cards and can say “we shipped 100,000 graphics cards” or “we shipped 1 million systems this quater” that much is fine, but it is still no indication of revenue. When we take a look at revenue ranking, the line up changes quite quickly.

  1. Apple
  2. Dell
  3. Lenovo
  4. HP
  5. Acer

Thank you Forbes for providing us with this information.


Q1 2013 Record Shows PC Sales Still Falling Due To Windows 8

Microsoft’s Windows 8 and its respected PC Manufacturers are still having a hard time as research firm IDC indicated that there is a decline of 14% and was also recorded as the largest decline ever since its two decades of tracking PC sales record.

Earlier, IDC anticipated a fall of 8%, but after the official reports Bob O’ Donnel of IDC said that the sales drops are huge and disastrous. O’ Donnel was also one of the key analysts who blamed Windows 8 to be the only reason of PC sales decline. He added,”Not only has Windows 8 not helped, but it’s actually hurt PC shipments.”

He even questioned Microsoft’s attempt in pushing forward touch panel interface for desktops He said,”The costs associated with touch PCs have made PCs a less attractive alternative to dedicated tablets and other competitive devices. Microsoft is going to have to make some very tough decisions moving forward if they want to help reinvigorate the PC market.”

But according to Jay Chou, another analyst from IDC said that Windows 8 was nothing more than a contributor for the decline of PC shipment and sales decline. David Daoud expected that the PC business will still continue to decline. However he does expect an improvement during the second half of 2013. He rejected the idea that the PC business will fall soon, saying that PC is still going to be around for a while.

Another research firm, Gartner, said that the reason for declining PC Sales is the booming business of tablet and smartphones which also built a pressure on Microsoft. They will be having its quarterly earnings meeting with Wall Street Analysts on April 18th where they’ll reveal revenue sales from Windows.

Source: Computer World