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.
Carriers must currently choose between femtocells and Wi-Fi if they want to improve indoor and rural coverage. Both technologies have pros and cons. Femtocell consumers can use their regular phones, but must purchase another ‘router’ for their homes. Wi-Fi customers must purchase a phone with Wi-Fi capability as well as have a Wi-Fi router in their homes. While femtocells offer an in-home access point that utilizes licensed spectrum owned by the carriers, femtocell deployments may cause interference with the macro networks. On the other hand, while the spectrum for Wi-Fi access points is unlicensed, other common 2.4 GHz signals in the home may degrade the performance of Wi-Fi-based communications. So the question looms: Which technology will become the next Betamax?