Global device shipments to drop 14%, Facebook launches CatchUp
Global device shipments to drop 14%, Facebook launches CatchUp
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Global device shipments to drop 14%, Facebook launches CatchUp

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This is Cnet, and here are the stories that matter right now. Shipments of devices are likely to decline globally by 13.6% in 2020, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a forecast by research firm Gartner on Tuesday. Shipments of PCs, tablets, and mobile phones are on pace to hit 1.9 billion units this year. PC shipments are expected to decline by 10.5%. This year, though Gartner said it could have been much worse. The increase in people working from home has pushed it departments to shift more notebooks, tablets and Chromebook devices to workers. All according to the firm For years android phone chips have trailed Apple iPhone processors in speed tests. But arm a chip company whose technology is used by both mobile camps has a chip design project called X1 that should give Android a significant speed boost. On Tuesday arm unveiled its new Cortex A 78 processor design Which should provide a 20% speed boost compared with arms current a 77 said Paul Williamson General Manager of the product line chips based on the more customized cortex, x one design, get another boost of up to 22% more than regular a 78 designs as well. And finally, Facebook on Tuesday released a group voice call app called CatchUp. The experimental app aims to make coordinating phone calls with up to eight friends and relatives a little easier. CatchUp which comes from Facebook's new product experimentation team Hoping to encourage voice calls by showing when contacts are available to talk with a ready to talk status. The app also has the option to set auto availability, which will automatically update your status when connected through Bluetooth. [MUSIC] You can stay up to date with the latest by visiting CNET. [MUSIC]

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