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.
In the last few weeks, there were two astounding pieces of mobile device news – one more evident than the other. Nokia announced that it would purchase the remaining assets of Symbian, followed by the transformation of the solution into a potentially more “open” business model; and the merger of the LiPS and LiMo Linux initiatives under the LiMo brand clearly outline a dramatic shift in the OS landscape. Both of these will act to accelerate the pace of innovation in the mobile applications and usability spheres, but what happens to the likes of Apple, RIM, and Microsoft?