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 December 2009 Bluetooth SIG announced the adoption of Bluetooth Low Energy, the heart of the Bluetooth 4.0 core specification. Low-power consumption, the ability to run for years on standard coin-cell batteries, its low cost, and its multi-vendor interoperability make it a great platform for the innovation of short-range wireless technology while providing alternative options to proprietary radio solutions. Innovation and creativity are, in fact, key components for Bluetooth 4.0. Due, in addition, to its extended flexibility, it makes many new-use case scenarios possible. Bluetooth SIG is eager to create incentives for companies to innovate on this new platform.