Oculus to Bring Lifelike Immersion to Mass Market

With the launch of Quest 2, Facebook continues the shift in its VR focus to the standalone type of headset design, combining the Oculus Link technology for consistent PC VR gaming experiences. Oculus Quest platform alone had generated over $150 million in content revenue. With a starting price of $299, Quest 2 is expected to outpace its predecessor and contribute millions of sales. On…

Oculus Captures Half of XR Headset Market in 2020

London, San Diego, New Delhi, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Seoul, Hong Kong – March 10, 2021 The Extended Reality (XR) headset shipments in 2020 declined 9% YoY, according to the latest research from Counterpoint’s Global XR Model Tracker. The decline was less than expected thanks to the Oculus Quest 2 performance during the holiday season. As a result, Oculus captured 53% of the XR market in 2020 as…

6G Will Kickstart a TeraEconomy

The 2020s started with 5G rollouts and will end with the beginning of 6G rollouts. While the implementation of 6G will pose its own set of challenges and complexities, it will also come with exciting possibilities, from HoloPortation to remote collaborative surgeries, and kickstart an economy of its own. The 5G era will see gigabit throughputs, lower latencies, and massive improvements in…

Podcast: XR – Where are We in Reality?

When first introduced, eXtended reality (XR) appeared like a futuristic concept. But after years of research and development, the technology is now accessible to consumers and enterprises. Yet, XR is having a hard time transitioning from a fantasy concept to something that is more practical and generates revenue. But the recent launch of the Oculus Quest 2 does make us feel a little optimistic…

Oculus Quest 2 Review – The Quest for Perfection Continues

Oculus launched the second generation Quest standalone VR device, Quest 2, on September 16th. Its price is attractive, starting at $299 for the 64GB model ($399 for the 256GB version). The product finally shipped on October 13th. I (and especially my two boys) have been trying the Oculus Quest 2 for a few weeks and here is the review. Full disclosure up-front, I have been a VR skeptic. Not…

On Display at Qualcomm 5G Summit: Mobile Industry’s Acceleration to 5G

As Counterpoint Research has been writing, 5G rollouts and 5G device activations are happening at a much faster pace than LTE. Till October, there were over 90 operators globally which had commercially deployed 5G, while over 300 additional operators had invested in 5G spectrum. Counterpoint predicts there will be 1 billion smartphone activations by 2022. 5G is certainly heating up. Here are the…

Aftershokz Aeropex Review: No Bone to Pick Here

The excitement around hearables is currently driven by true wireless stereo (TWS) devices. Sales of TWS are growing rapidly, even amid the pandemic, and the number of brands and models jumping on the bandwagon is also growing at a fast clip. However, there are other devices out there that warrant attention, such as the subject of this review – the Aftershokz Aeropex. All of Aftershokz products…

Qualcomm Leads Smartphone SoC Market; Fueled From Adoption By Fast Growing Chinese Brands

The global smartphone System-on-Chip (SoC) market grew 19% annually in Q3 2017 crossing $8 billion in chipset revenues. Qualcomm led the smartphone SoC market strengthening its position further capturing 42% of the total SoC revenues in Q3 2017. The San Diego based technology company saw rising adoption for its mid to high range SoCs by the fast-growing Chinese brands, boosting its SOC shipments…

Global Smartphone SoC Market Crossed US$8 Billion in Q3 2017, A Third Quarter Record

Seoul, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Beijing, London, Buenos Aires, San Diego December 29th, 2017 Qualcomm leads, Apple grabs 20% of the value share and Samsung was the fastest growing vendor According to Counterpoint Research’s Component Tracker Q3 2017, the global smartphone System-on-Chip (SoC) market grew 19% annually in Q3 2017 crossing $8 billion in chipset revenues. Commenting on the…

Wearables: Can a smartwatch hack it as a sports watch?

Huawei launched the second edition of its Huawei Watch series at MWC earlier this year. The watch comes in two flavours: Classic and Sport. The one I am most interested in is the Huawei Watch 2 Sport. I was fortunate enough to get hands-on for an extended period through which I have pitted-it against my own, and now slightly elderly, Garmin Forerunner 920XT. Huawei bills the Watch 2 Sport as,…

Wearables for Athletic Performance

This is the latest in a series of blogs where I discuss the learnings obtained from trying various wearable devices to aid my training for a significant sporting event. On July 2nd I participated in a 44km SwimRun event (http://www.brecaswimrun.com/breca-buttermere). SwimRun is a new endurance multi-sport that's taking the world by storm. In a SwimRun event competitors have to traverse a…