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.
Microsoft is in the process of enabling 75,000 free beta downloads of its new, free antivirus program which had gone under the codenamed “Morro.” The final version of the program is likely to be released before the end of this year. The program, now known as Microsoft Security Essentials, is a superset of an earlier product, Windows Defender. Reviewers have analyzed specific features and have tended to agree that the program falls into the low-end part of the market. This is not surprising, since the program apparently will continue to be offered free to legitimate Microsoft license holders of Windows 7, Vista, and XP.