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.
You don’t have to be following the handset market closely to see that Symbian is in trouble. The writing has been on the wall for a number of years and unfortunately Nokia’s brave intervention may prove too late to turn the ship from its collision course. Just to put this into context, I remember being sat down during a meeting with Symbian at CTIA Wireless 2007 in Orlando and told by a Symbian Executive (who shall remain nameless) that the 70% plus market share of the smartphone market they enjoyed was more than sustainable long term despite our predictions of sub 50%, which were laughed off as ridiculous. So what has caused this downturn in fortunes for Symbian?