The Wearables and Devices sector delivers detailed analysis of the smartphone, tablet, and wearables industries with research extending from the underpinning enabling technologies implemented in future mobile devices to the demand and supply dynamics at work in the world’s markets. While these mobile devices create the largest global consumer electronics market, providing myriad opportunities, it also provides some of the toughest challenges for vendors as segments of the market mature. To counter this development, the practice provides an understanding of the next phase of growth in the mobile devices sector utilizing key segmentations, market data, and forecasts. Essential research areas to aid this understanding includes enterprise applications, mobile broadband adoption, the effects of new developing business models, demand shifts to the replacement market, the transformative impact of core enabling technologies (such as flexible displays, energy harvesting, array cameras, and smart biometrics), and new revenue opportunities in modular devices and smart accessories.
Linux operating systems for mobile devices represent a utopian ideal: a multitude of independent individuals, companies, and organizations working towards a common specification. Undoubtedly, mobile Linux offers profound advantages for many in the mobile industry, from flexibility in design rights to lower cost, as well as the ability for carriers to drive smart OS capabilities down into lower-tier devices, thus driving ARPUs. However, a number of widespread conceptions have plagued the idea of Linux in mobile devices. Are these conceptions valid – or are they in fact misconceptions?