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.
3G mobile services are progressing nicely in China. In mid-2007, China Mobile began evaluating a vast TD-SCDMA infrastructure with deployments in eight large cities including Beijing, Shanghai, and Tianjin. The construction of the TD-SCDMA network for this trial was finished in January 2008 and commercial pilot tests have been taking place since April 1, 2008. Can a new brand icon for 3G match China Mobile’s determination to harness 3G’s full capabilities?