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TOP of the most sold technologies during Christmas

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUFrom video game consoles to tablets and wearable technologies – Huawei has compiled a list of devices most often wanted as Christmas gifts. As it turns out, the way we play games, read books and compare sport accomplishments has been developing rapidly since 2005.

2005

In 2005, 1.1 million people helped Shane Ward to climb to the top of Christmas list. The new Xbox 360 was at the top of most wanted Christmas gifts that year. Demand had significantly exceeded supply that year. Thousands of people waited hours in long queues to buy this video game console. The Xbox franchise continues entertaining its fans. Nine years after the release of Xbox 360, Microsoft announced that it has sold 84 million consoles. Revenue from sales has exceeded USD 37.7 billion. Latest estimates suggest Xbox 360 owners have spent 88 billion hours or 100 thousand centuries playing games.

2006

The first James Bond film featuring Daniel Craig as the legendary agent first came out in 2006. It was also the year when Sony launched its counter-attack on Microsoft in their competition war by releasing PlayStation 3. The first PlayStation video game console came out in 1995. PlayStation 2 remains the world’s best-selling console to date. In total, Sony has sold 344 million PlayStation consoles over the years.

2007

In 2007, games acquired a more physical form with Nintendo Wii. Forbes called this video game console ‘revolutionary’. It was claimed that Wii would reinvent the gaming experience, make it more social and physically involving. The Wii has sold more than 100 units since 2007.

2008

It’s hard to imagine our life without smart-phones. 2008 was the year the first iPhone 3G first landed in stores. Currently there are 12 iPhone models. Apple’s iPhone remains the best-selling smartphone of all time.

2009

Amazon Kindle raised technologies to a new height, revolutionizing the way literature is consumed. Kindle 2 was released in 2009. In 2010, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced that one million people had Kindle. He added that for every 10 physical books that are sold in the world 6 of them are Kindle books. Kindle remains the uncontested e-book reader. Amazon is secretive when it comes to disclosing information about Kindle sales. However, estimates for 2013 state that approximately 44 million Kindle devices have been sold worldwide.

2010

In past years it was hard to imagine ever receiving a tablet as a Christmas gift. Everything changed in 2010, when Apple CEO Steve Jobs presented the iPad. Unlike previously released tablets, the iPad was presented as a device that would fill the gap between home computers and smart-phones. More than 292 devices have been sold since the first unveiling of iPad.

2011

2011 was a monumental year for Britain – Prince William married Kate Middleton. For the world of technology, on the other hand, this year was most memorable for the first commercially successful fablet – Samsung Galaxy Note. Although some people debated about the longevity of this device due to its screen size (135 mm), Note was welcomed and sold more than 2 million units in the first two months.

2012

This year was rich in events. London hosted the Olympic Games, Facebook entered the stock market, Felix Baumgartner took part in Red Bull space programme and iPad gained a mini size. Lighter and thinner, iPad Mini sold more than three million units in the first three days.

2013

PlayStation 4 was released this year. Within the first six months, Sony sold 7 million units to households across the globe. After losing to Nintendo Wii in previous years, Sony finally celebrated victory in the so-called console wars.

2014

2014 was a year of wearable technology. Sales of wearable technologies have risen 250% since mid-2014. The wearable technologies industry has grown by an astonishing 223% in the past couple of years. If sales continue to grow in the future, there is a real possibility that this industry will reach USD 74 billion turnover by 2025.

2015

2015 is, without a doubt, the year of smart-watches. By combining the processing power of a smart devise with something as simple and small like a wrist-watch, the industry has managed to create the most popular Christmas gift of 2015. It is estimated that the smart-watch market may reach a turnover of USD 32.9 billion by 2020.

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