Podcast

Your 2021 GADGET FIX: The latest trends in Smartphones, Smartwatches & AirTags

26 Apr 2021


This TechBurst Asia podcast will give you your GADGET FIX for 2021.

We will discuss Smartphones – which ones are doing well (Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi), which ones are struggling (Huawei, LG), and what features you can expect in the coming years (foldables, rollables).

We will look at the smart wearables market to see if Smartwatches have finally lived up to the hype, and to find out if anyone can catch the Apple Watch.

And finally, we’ll get the lowdown on the latest announcements from Apple about its latest iPad innovations, the launch of AirTags, and the new colourful iMacs.

To help us with this analysis, we are joined by one of the world’s leading device analysts, IDC Asia Pacific’s Bryan Ma. 

SHOW NOTES:

02:00 Who is winning the smartphone race?

04:00 LG exits the smartphone market – what mistakes did they make?

06:30 Why do so many smartphone vendors fail (Nokia, BlackBerry, LG)

08:50 How the China / US trade war has led to Huawei’s chipset crisis

14:30 What are the latest features (cameras, foldables, rollables)  that are driving the market?

18:00 What impact is 5G having on the smartphone market?

20:40 What the hell is a rollable phone? And do we need it?

22:00 When will Apple come out with a foldable phone?

23:00 Apple is releasing an iPhone software update with a new privacy feature that requires apps like Facebook to ask for the user’s approval to track them. Facebook hates this, I love it, what does Bryan think?

27:20 Can 5G’s speeds and low latency save AR/VR?

31:00 The latest on wearables – the big three vendors (Xiaomi, Apple, Huawei) are running away with it. Can Google save Fitbit? Should Samsung give up on the smartwatch market? And can anyone catch the Apple Watch?

39:00 Apple’s new product launches – the slick new iPads, colourful iMacs and surprise launch – Apple goes into tracking with AirTags. 

49:00 Bryan’s predictions – what will the world look like in 5 years for smartphones, wearables and AR / VR / Mixed Reality headsets.