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.
We have only just edged into 2008, yet some very interesting and newsworthy events have already emerged. Last week, Motorola indicated that it is considering spinning off its mobile handset business — a “come and get it” signal to investors. At the same time, rumors continue to circulate that Qualcomm will split up its licensing and chipset businesses. And, Sprint continues to mull the spin-off of Xohm, its WiMAX operation. What drives a company to these extreme measures and what outcomes do they prompt?