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.
Up until now, EU and US GSM customers have felt relatively confident that the robust A5/1 encryption they enjoyed provided them with protection from hackers. Meanwhile, GSM users in other parts of the world have limped along with A5/0 encryption (none) or A5/2 (limited encryption). At the recent Hacking at Random conference in the Netherlands it was revealed that GSM security can be broken using PCs, not supercomputers. While it likely will take another six months before hackers are able to build a sufficiently robust table to break GSM’s A5/1 security (the highest level of security excluding Government), that should be of scant comfort to the business community and to individuals who are concerned about their privacy.