“Since 2016, the ‘Year One’ of virtual reality, a VR ecosystem that encompasses users, hardware manufacturers and content developers has been gradually taking form. Two years later, the year 2018 marks the beginning of a new chapter for Vive Reality, which will integrate the benefits of VR, AR, 5G, and AI technologies,” said Alvin Wang Graylin, the China Regional President of HTC, at Vive Ecosystem Conference today.

The whole VR industry was bothered by market cool-down over the past year, but All-In-One (AIO) VR devices are gaining momentum. This change underlines a maturing market, where consumers favor higher-quality content and devices that feature complete and immersive experiences, Alvin explained.

The ubiquity of smartphones not only makes it a big business on its own, it’s also becoming an increasingly essential factor for the success of other smart hardware devices. The principle has been partially proved in the drone industry, where smartphone’s integration with devices fuels the rise of drone makers like Ehang and DJI.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.