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.
Most start-ups, especially those in emerging markets, look for the backing and credibility that large, established partners can provide. Start-ups in the emerging mobile fund transfer and payments space are no different, but in this market, partnerships will be especially key to driving availability and consumer trust in the services. Over the past few years, a few start-ups have had limited success making in-roads for getting mobile fund transfers off the ground in both North America and Europe; they are now being joined in the market by new ventures within some major online companies.