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.
Unlike general accessories, smart accessories will interact with a handset or smartphone through standard or proprietary communication protocols (audio, USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Ant+, etc.) and an application that will leverage the processing capabilities of the handset or device. This report examines the business considerations relating to the development of smart accessories by handset OEMs and 3rd party accessory manufacturers. The technical enablement of smart accessories throughout the Bluetooth GATT architecture is discussed. Key emerging smart accessory segments such as fitness monitors, smart watches, and other Bluetooth accessories are forecasted through 2018.