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.
About ten years ago, I conducted a survey among consumers in the United States that included a question to gauge interest in using cell phones to take pictures. At that time, camera phones did not exist in the market. While I do not remember the level of interest that resulted from the survey, I do remember my own reaction, which was, “Why would anyone ever want to use a cell phone to take a picture?” Needless to say, no one will ever call me a visionary. Now, spring forward ten years, and camera phones are ubiquitous. Even I, a relative laggard in terms of adopting technology as compared to many of my colleagues, have one. However, I honestly do not remember ever using my phone to take a picture. Is camera functionality on mobile phones one of those features that people want and have – but seldom use?