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 India, carriers have been pleading for handset manufacturers to build low cost 3G handsets in the hopes of removing one of the barriers to entry for consumers and to support the launch of 3G services. As India begins to wrestle with live 3G services, carriers need to find a way to support the cost of a nationwide rollout of 3G services. Unfortunately, growth in India’s wireless market is driven by low costs in both service plans and handsets. In fact, with the price sensitivity of Indian customers, it is an absolute must that both handsets and tariffs are kept low. Operators in India and global handset manufacturers have done a great job at lowering prices in the 2G space, but they have a long way to go for 3G. Given these challenges, can 3G make it in India?