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Lenovo India Aims To Double PC Shipment Volume in Financial Year 2020-21

Lenovo India is equally dedicated to both the market segments - consumer as well as commercial

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According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), although Lenovo emerged as the leader in the India traditional PC market in the calendar year 2019. Wikimedia Commons

On the back of its strength in managing complex supply chains, Lenovo India is aiming to double its PC shipment volume in the financial year 2020-21 and log 15 per cent year-over-year revenue growth during that period despite the challenges brought about by the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, a top company executive said on Monday.

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), although Lenovo emerged as the leader in the India traditional PC market in the calendar year 2019, HP Inc. regained the top position in the fourth quarter of last year as its shipments grew 8.6 per cent from the same time a year ago. While HP Inc.’s 4Q 2019 market share rose to 31.2 per cent, Lenovo came second with 22.5 per cent share in the traditional India PC market.

“FY 2019-20 was one of the best years for Lenovo India. Our PC volume is likely to double this year (FY 2020-21). We will mostly be the #1 PC company in India in FY 2019-20, with a likely share of approximately 32 per cent (i.e., +10.5 points year-over-year),” Rahul Agarwal, CEO and MD, Lenovo India, told IANS in an interview.

“We plan to grow our revenues by 15 per cent YoY (in FY 2020-21) and continue our share gain trajectory with 3-4 points share gain,” he said. Agarwal said that it was still too early to assess the impact of the novel coronavirus on Lenovo’s sales and supplies in India.

“We are focusing on things we can control and influence. Our business priority continues to be ensuring the health and welfare of the Lenovo workforce, continuity of manufacturing and rebuilding capacity, and assisting those working to contain the outbreak.

“Lenovo is leveraging its geographical balance, operational excellence and strength in managing complex supply chains across a global manufacturing footprint, and solid strategy execution in order to weather the challenges,” he noted.

In the India tablet market, Lenovo retained its dominance for the 10th consecutive quarter, grabbing 37 per cent market share in 2019, said a report from CyberMedia Research (CMR). “On the Android tablets front, we will continue on the path of undisputed leadership and plan to hit 50 per cent+ share in the next year (our likely exit share in Android tablets for FY 2019-20 is 47.5 per cent),” said the Lenovo India CEO and MD.

Propelled by the government-driven education projects and upgrade purchases for Windows 10, the India traditional PC market inclusive of desktops, notebooks, and workstations ended 2019 with 18.1 per cent year-over-year (YoY) growth, shipping 11 million units during the year, according to data from the IDC.

In one of the largest deals in the history of PC industry, Lenovo India supplied 1.56 million laptops to the Tamil Nadu government for distribution to students. The India tablet market, however, declined 18 per cent in 2019 compared to a year ago, according to the CMR report.

“Lenovo India is equally dedicated to both the market segments – consumer as well as commercial,” Agarwal said, adding that as a leader in PC and smart devices industry, the company is attempting to better equip its customers in their end-to-end technology needs.

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“FY 2019-20 was one of the best years for Lenovo India. Our PC volume is likely to double this year (FY 2020-21). We will mostly be the #1 PC company in India in FY 2019-20, with a likely share of approximately 32 per cent (i.e., +10.5 points year-over-year),” Rahul Agarwal, CEO and MD, Lenovo India. IANS

“We help organisations provide the right tools to maximise employee productivity, collaboration and satisfaction. We have continuously innovated with our product range to meet the demands of various customer groups – be it the world’s smallest desktop “Think Nano”, with reduced power consumption or the all-new ThinkBook for the new age workforce, to name a few,” the Lenovo executive added.

Agarwal said that Lenovo is winning in new form factors like “ultraslim” and “gaming” with its new range of Yoga and Legion series respectively. “Lenovo is also the fastest growing brand in offline gaming in the country and we expect to continue that momentum. We focus on listening to the gaming community and shaping our Lenovo Legion portfolio and engagement based on their feedback. This is a strong evidence of our commitment to growing the gaming ecosystem,” he added.

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To increase its market share in India in financial year 2020-21, Lenovo is focusing on “further strengthening” its technical solution capability and partnership with commercial customers in education, finance and government sectors. Lenovo India is also aiming to grow its service centre network by 10 times in FY 2020-21, Agarwal said. (IANS)

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For the study, published in the journal Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, the team compared fixation behaviour in 173 participants under two conditions

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The phenomenon known as "gaze cueing," a powerful signal for orienting attention, is a mechanism that likely plays a role in the developmentally and socially important wonder of "shared" or "joint" attention where a number of people attend to the same object or location. Pixabay

 As more and more people use video conferencing tools to stay connected in social distancing times, neuroscientists from Florida Atlantic University have found that a person’s gaze is altered during tele-communication if they think that the person on the other end of the conversation can see them.

The phenomenon known as “gaze cueing,” a powerful signal for orienting attention, is a mechanism that likely plays a role in the developmentally and socially important wonder of “shared” or “joint” attention where a number of people attend to the same object or location.

“Because gaze direction conveys so much socially relevant information, one’s own gaze behaviour is likely to be affected by whether one’s eyes are visible to a speaker,” said Elan Barenholtz, associate professor of psychology. For example, people may intend to signal that they are paying more attention to a speaker by fixating their face or eyes during a conversation.

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“Conversely, extended eye contact also can be perceived as aggressive and therefore noticing one’s eyes could lead to reduced direct fixation of another’s face or eyes. Indeed, people engage in avoidant eye movements by periodically breaking and reforming eye contact during conversations,” explained Barenholtz.

People are very sensitive to the gaze direction of others and even two-day-old infants prefer faces where the eyes are looking directly back at them. Social distancing across the globe due to coronavirus (COVID-19) has created the need to conduct business “virtually” using Skype, web conferencing, FaceTime and any other means available.

For the study, published in the journal Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, the team compared fixation behaviour in 173 participants under two conditions: one in which the participants believed they were engaging in a real-time interaction and one in which they knew they were watching a pre-recorded

The researchers wanted to know if face fixation would increase in the real-time condition based on the social expectation of facing one’s speaker in order to get attention or if it would lead to greater face avoidance, based on social norms as well as the cognitive demands of encoding the conversation.

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As more and more people use video conferencing tools to stay connected in social distancing times, neuroscientists from Florida Atlantic University have found that a person’s gaze is altered during tele-communication if they think that the person on the other end of the conversation can see them. Pixabay

Results showed that participants fixated on the whole face in the real-time condition and significantly less in the pre-recorded condition. In the pre-recorded condition, time spent fixating on the mouth was significantly greater compared to the real-time condition. There were no significant differences in time spent fixating on the eyes between the real-time and the pre-recorded conditions. To simulate a live interaction, the researchers convinced participants that they were engaging in a real-time, two-way video interaction (it was actually pre-recorded).

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When the face was fixated, attention was directed toward the mouth for the greater percentage of time in the pre-recorded condition versus the real-time condition. “Given that encoding and memory have been found to be optimized by fixating the mouth, which was reduced overall in the real-time condition, this suggests that people do not fully optimize for speech encoding in a live interaction,” the authors wrote. (IANS)