By Wares March 13, 2018 Industry news

Our new daily round-up of the latest news from in and around the appliance and CE channel.

Electrolux and Midea Launch AEG in China - Electrolux has entered into a joint venture with Midea Group to introduce the premium AEG brand to Chinese consumers. The brand was officially launched at the Appliance & Electronics World Expo in Shanghai on 8 March. Find out more here.

Are we past peak smartphone already? - Could be, judging by the number of smartphone bundles appearing at retail. Excellent longform website Quartz, reporting on the recent Mobile World Congress, suggests it's all a bit same old, same old. Read the article here.

Who's tops in product design? - Being awarded an iF Red Design Award is a big deal. This year Electrolux has been recognised for its Millennium built-in range. Apple's iPad Pro has one. D-Link has one for its DCS-1820LM 4G LTE Outdoor Camera. And there are heaps more across a very wide range of product categories. Check out all this year's award winners here.

AR glasses? Sounds good - We know Bose for its sound-producing products. Well now Bose is showing off a pair of styley Augmented Reality glasses (see photo above). Eh? What isn't obvious is that Bose is applying AR to the world around us using sound rather than some Pokemon-esque visual overlay. Find out more here.

Games are still good business - Just not for bricks & mortar retailers, by the sound of it. Still, last year New Zealand digital sales hit $334 million (+12%), full digital game downloads were +21% and sales of consoles and accessories sales were +10% and +6% respectively. Check out a cool infographic here.

Apple looking up and down? - Authoritative source Bloomberg has it that Apple, wishing to the recapture the high ground in smartphones it didn't successfully smash with iPhone X, is planning a big-screen, top end iPhone as well as a model with broader appeal. Read what Bloomberg says here.

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