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.

FCC grants application for Apple’s 5G tests

Apple has received a license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to begin testing 5G wireless technology for iPhone use.

One expected advantage of 5G is much lower latency

The company is often known for sitting back and watching a category develop before finding a way to define it; the iPhone itself is a great example of this, followed by the iPad. In areas where it counts, however, Apple ensures it’s on the cutting-edge.

When it comes to 5G, Apple wants to ensure its...

By Ryan Daws, 24 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Devices, Mobile, Smartphones.

Smartphone shipments will reach 1.53 billion by 2021, says IDC

Worldwide smartphone shipments will rebound in 2017, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC). While growth is expected to be consistent, IDC predicts shipment volumes to grow by 4.2% in 2017 and 4.4% in 2018 - with a CAGR of 3.8 percent over the 2016-2021 forecast period.

Furthermore, smartphone shipments are forecast to reach 1.53 billion units in 2017, and eventually grow to 1.77 billion units by 2021.

From a platform perspective, IDC doesn't expect much change...

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

Why global mobile markets revenue will reach $1.67 trillion this year

Worldwide mobility revenues are forecast to reach $1.57 trillion in 2017 -- that's an increase of 2.6 percent over 2016, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC). Purchases of mobile hardware, software, and services will achieve a CAGR of 2.1 percent over the 2015-2020 forecast period -- eventually reaching $1.67 trillion in 2020.

Connectivity services will represent the largest category of mobility spending in 2017. Combined, connectivity and hardware will deliver more...

By David H. Deans, 02 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Devices, Mobile.

How digital transformation projects are driving new IT investment

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In today's economy, information technology (IT) is the essential foundation for new digital business transformation projects. It's also the open innovation platform that enables an enterprise to harness the collective capabilities of their commercial ecosystem that's online.

Worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.5 trillion in 2017, a 2.7% increase from 2016, according to the latest market study by Gartner. However, this overall global growth rate is down slightly from earlier...

By David H. Deans, 23 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Devices, Innovation.

Analysing the outlook for new smartphone tech innovation in 2017

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Worldwide smartphone shipments will reach 1.45 billion units, with a year-over-year growth rate of just 0.6 percent in 2016, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC). Although growth remains positive, it is down significantly from the 10.4 percent growth rate in 2015.

However, 4G smartphones will reach 21.3 percent year-over-year growth globally for 2016, at 1.17 billion units - that's up from 967 million in 2015. Once again, emerging...

By David H. Deans, 05 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Research, Smartphones.