US Carrier Smartphone Trends

The search for the next "hero" device has become a distraction for leading US carriers that are balancing top line subscriber growth, churn rates, and bottom line revenues. As one of the most competitive smartphone markets in the world, ABI Research believes the US landscape will change over the next 2 years as operators address mobile OS choices, device OEM relationships, network security and new consumer applications. This analysis document presents a high-level summary of smartphone trends pulled from the analysis, market data, and vendor matrix development across multiple ABI research services.

Table of Contents

  • 1. THE LANDSCAPE IN THE US WILL CHANGE BY 2014
    • 1.1. Device Landscape
    • 1.2. Mobile Device Form-factor
      • 1.2.1. Form-factor Strategic Recommendations
    • 1.3. Mobile OS Landscape
    • 1.4. Mobile OS Implications
      • 1.4.1. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
      • 1.4.2. The Mobile OS Is a Gateway to Applications and OTT
      • 1.4.3. Do Not Forget Device Security
      • 1.4.4. The Personalization and Customization moat
      • 1.4.5. Mobile OS Suppliers Moving Toward Defensible Beachheads
    • 1.5. Mobile Device Hardware Platforms/Semiconductors
      • 1.5.1. Coming Soon: The Integrated vs. Discrete War
    • 1.6. Mobile Device Security
    • 1.7. Device OEM Landscape
      • 1.7.1. Carrier-branded
      • 1.7.2. Low-cost Smartphone Influence
      • 1.7.3. Is Microsoft the New BFF?
  • 2. SMARTPHONE IMPLEMENTATION: SERVICES & APPLICATIONS
    • 2.1. Carrier Services & Applications
    • 2.2. Voice: From incumbent mobile phone service to carrier differentiation
      • 2.2.1. VoLTE
    • 2.3. Mobile Data Traffic
      • 2.3.1. Is the Data Tsunami Really Happening or Is It Overblown?
      • 2.3.2. What Can a Carrier Do to Manage Effectively Growth without Infinite Capacity?
    • 2.4. Mobile Wallet coming of age
    • 2.5. Sensors: Augmented Reality, Gesture, and Facial Recognition
    • 2.6. Key Battlegrounds for Smartphones through 2014
      • 2.6.1. Smartphone Functionality Outpacing the Human/Machine Interface
      • 2.6.2. Device and User Interface
      • 2.6.3. HTML5
      • 2.6.4. The Future of the Mobile Application Storefront
    • 2.7. Mobile Devices Driving the Connected Home
    • 2.8. Mobile is Changing Consumer Media Consumption
  • 3. SUMMARY, CALL TO ACTION, AND RELATED RESEARCH
    • 3.1. Forecasted Smartphone Penetration in the U.S. Market
    • 3.2. Summary
      • 3.2.1. Partnerships and Supplier Management Do Not Become Easier
      • 3.2.2. The Carrier Still Controls Its Destiny
      • 3.2.3. Embrace and Drive Change; Do Not Fear It
    • 3.3. Related ABI Research Content

Charts

  1. Smartphone Shipments by Display Size, World Market: 2011 to 2014
  2. Ratio of Smartphones to Non-Smartphone Mobile Handsets, United States, Forecast: 2012 to 2014

Figures

  1. Mobile Operating System (OS) Dependencies at the Heart of Smartphone OEM Decisions
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Research Information

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Publish Date
3Q 2012
Code
AN-1284
Research Type
Technology Analysis Report
Pages
15