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.
Harmonizing WiMAX and LTE could be bad for the industry by reducing chipset competition in the 4G space over the long term, but there would be benefits as well. However, the more one knows about the politics behind the two technologies, the very polar companies behind them, and the differences in the intellectual property situation, the more it seems virtually impossible. But nothing is impossible. This ABI Insight discusses key points that would make harmonization of WiMAX and LTE difficult, and how this could be overcome, if at all.