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 mid-June, ABI Research analyst Jake Saunders blogged about China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT)’s expectations that “20% of the Non-Chinese 3G Market [will] be based on TD-SCDMA in 2020,” and that TD-SCDMA would to capture 50% of the domestic Chinese 3G market. The Chinese government is certainly very bold and very much has the attitude of “build it and they will come.” While that philosophy worked with the Olympics and it has worked with the Chinese economy as a whole, the government's statements on its 3G market expectations are quite daring. To put it into perspective, the Chinese government's stated ambitions are equivalent to 1.4 billion subscriptions, based on ABI Research's latest 2014 subscriber forecast (2020 subscriber forecast is not yet available). How feasible is that? In this ABI Insight, Jake further examines these expectations.