Why the worldwide smartphone market continues to be sluggish

All consumer electronics devices eventually reach market saturation, where most of the people that crave the product already have it. After declining by 0.3 percent in 2017, the worldwide smartphone market will shrink again this year.

Smartphone shipments are forecast to drop by 0.2 percent in 2018 to 1.462 billion units, which is down from 1.465 billion in 2017 and 1.469 billion in 2016. However, IDC expects the market to grow by 3 percent annually from 2019 onwards. Worldwide shipments should reach 1.654...

By David H. Deans, 01 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Devices, Disruption, Smartphones.

GSMA: Mobile IoT is an integral part of 5G

The GSM Association (GSMA) has released a new report detailing how mobile IoT technologies will be an integral part of 5G.

Mobile IoT technologies are Low-Power, Wide Area (LPWA) and include NB-IoT and LTE-M. These technologies are fundamental to the development of ‘massive IoT’ which the GSMA sees as one of 5G’s three core use cases — alongside critical communications, and enhanced broadband.

Alex Sinclair, CTO at GSMA, comments:

“While people often associate...

By Ryan Daws, 16 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Mobile, Networks, Standards.

Qualcomm: ‘Aggressive’ OEMs want to launch 5G phones this year

Qualcomm’s SVP of Engineering has revealed some of its more ‘aggressive’ OEM partners want to launch 5G smartphones by late this year.

The widely-accepted timeframe for 5G smartphone launches is 2019, but it seems at least some manufacturers are looking to get the jump on their competitors.

Some operators have gone on record and stated that they would like to commercialise in late 2018 itself

We already know ZTE is one such manufacturer based on comments made during this year’s Mobile World...

By Ryan Daws, 11 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Devices, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

Why the mobility solutions market will reach $1.7 trillion in 2021

Worldwide spending on mobility solutions is forecast to grow 3.2 percent year over year in 2018, reaching more than $1.6 trillion, according to the latest worldwide market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

This growth is expected to continue through 2021 with investment on mobility-related hardware, software, and services surpassing $1.7 trillion as the market achieves a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.8 percent.

"The new mobility use cases and technology adoption in enterprises is...

By David H. Deans, 16 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Mobile, Research.

How alternative online payment technology continues to gain momentum

Across the globe, eRetail is now the mainstream -- with well over half of all adults making purchases for products and services online, increasingly from their mobile devices.

Meanwhile, traditional bricks and mortar retailers have had to incorporate digital channels into their offerings. Unfortunately for the retailer, there are numerous steps during the online shopping experience where the shopper may abandon their journey to payment.

Online payments market development

The value of spending on remote...

By David H. Deans, 05 March 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, Devices, Disruption.

How ‘emotion AI systems’ will transform personal devices

Artificial intelligence (AI) systems are already very sophisticated. Gartner predicts that by 2022, AI-enabled personal devices will know a lot more about that person's emotional state. Moreover, AI is a disruptive force that will reshape the way we interact with many personal devices.

"Emotion AI systems and affective computing are allowing everyday objects to detect, analyze, process and respond to people's emotional states and moods to provide better context and a more personalized experience," said...

By David H. Deans, 11 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Devices, Disruption.

How wearable technology is transforming in-store retail

The global retail sector has been greatly impacted by the shift to online eCommerce. That being said, remarkable in-store innovation continues to transform the retailer employee and customer experiences.

Retailers are beginning to use wearable technology to improve processes and customer satisfaction. Retailer wearables provide in-store employees with access to information such as stock levels, as well as to facilitate communication with team members.

This allows shopper requests to be resolved faster and...

By David H. Deans, 15 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Service, Devices, IoT.

Smartphone markets power on – but component shortage could scupper end of year plans

Global sales of smartphones to end users rose 6.7% year over year to 366.2 million units in the second quarter of 2017, according to the latest analysis from Gartner.

Samsung remains the largest player with broadly similar market shares between Q217 and Q216; 22.5% and 22.4% respectively. The Korean giant shipped 82.5 billion phones in the most recent quarter, ahead of Apple (44.3bn, 12.1% share), and Huawei (35.9bn, 9.8% share).

Market shares did not particularly boom or bust year on year; Apple’s...

By James Bourne, 22 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Smartphones.

How Chinese smartphone vendors are gaining new market share

Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled 380 million units in the first quarter of 2017 -- that's a 9.1 percent increase over the first quarter of 2016, according to the latest market study by Gartner.

Gartner analysts believe that mobile phone buyers are spending a little more to get a much better device, resulting in the rise in average selling prices of smartphones across the globe.

The shift in buyer preference is positively affecting Chinese manufacturers - such as Huawei, Oppo and Vivo - in...

By David H. Deans, 07 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: China, Devices, Smartphones.

Opinion: 5G’s role in transforming healthcare

The next generation of mobile network technology will help to drive a transformation in healthcare with remote monitoring providing accessibility, proactive treatment, and reduced waiting times.

Wearable technology provides a method of keeping track of health conditions and it’s already being used in both hospitals and at home. Most of these devices, however, must be synced when in range of a network or manually checked by a professional by attending appointments in person

By Ryan Daws, 02 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Consumers, Devices.