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Deerfield Beach, Fla. — OKO International, maker of traditional watches under the Android brand, has begun offering an updated version of an Android-brand smart watch through its website at a suggested $299.
The company is also looking for online and brick-and-mortar retailers to sell the product, said sales director Iliana Tegov. OKO already sells traditional watches through online and brick-and-mortar retailers, including Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th stores.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Calgary, Alberta — Apple could gain worldwide smartphone share in the second half because of the lack of innovation in high-end smartphones introduced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), investment research company Canaccord Genuity concluded.
Port Washington, N.Y. — The premium U.S. headphone market jumped 21 percent in sales in 2013, The NPD Group said, spurred in part by a rise in fitness-related features.
Premium headphones, which are models that cost $100 or more, surpassed $1 billion for the year. The stereo headphones market, meanwhile, grew 11 percent to $2.3 billion in 2013.
Mahwah, N.J. – Preparing to deliver its new Quattron Plus (Q+) premium FullHD LCD TV line, Sharp Electronics told TWICE last week that it is moving forward with a brand-refresh campaign that will place retail partners front and center in the effort.
Mark Viken, Sharp Electronics brand marketing VP, said the campaign will rely heavily on Internet assets, including a recently revamped company website, web-based merchandising tools, in-store merchandising and demo displays, and sales training efforts that dealers can draw from to help sell the new Q+ technology.
Edmond, Okla. — Petra Industries, a distributor of mobile audio/video accessories, consumer electronics, wireless accessories and custom-installation products, will hold its 12th Annual Car Audio Expo on Sunday, April 27, at its headquarters, here.
Geneva — Apple is stepping up iPhone integration with OEM infotainment systems with the launch of CarPlay, which is available as an update to iOS 7 and works with iPhones equipped with the all-digital Lightning connector.
CarPlay-enabled OEM infotainment systems will be available in select cars shipping in 2014, the company said here at the International Geneva Motor Show.
Buena Park, Calif. – Yamaha plans shipments of a new 3D Blu-ray player that will expand its selection of SACD-equipped models to two.
The BD-S677, shipping in April at a suggested $329, will also be the company’s first Blu-ray player with wireless Miracast to stream content wirelessly from Miracast-compatible smartphones and tablets. It’s also the company’s first to connect to Dropbox to stream Cloud-stored videos, music, pictures and documents.
London – Onkyo has teamed up with Imagination Technologies to collaborate on wireless multiroom-audio systems for the home, but no launch timetable has been announced.
“At this time we do not have any details regarding how these technologies could be implemented,” an Onkyo USA spokesperson said. “Onkyo does not currently have any wireless multiroom audio products in the market.”
Eagan, Minn. – National CE distributor Capitol has added BenQ America’s line of home and pro projectors to its product assortment.
“BenQ is one of the leading innovators in visual displays, and the company’s projectors are considered to be among the best on the market,” said Capitol president and chief financial officer Curt Hayes. “Adding them to our portfolio further strengthens the options available to our customers who serve the home theater and professional A/V sectors.”