Smartphones & Wearables
Emergent Mobile Device Technology Trend Analysis
The aim of this study is to provide market sizing and forecasts for key human-machine interfaces, presenting actual and expected trends for various advanced, device-enabling technologies to predict how product innovation may evolve for both smartphones and tablets between 2015 and 2027. This includes a detailed analysis of key product entries, market opportunities/threats, as well as strategic recommendations to drive growth and profitability for device manufacturers. Major transformative technologies include iris scanning, fingerprint on display, 5G, AI, rear dual camera, 8K display, wireless charging, foldable/flexible display, USB type-C, >IP60, NFC, and e-SIM.Continue
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Royole’s FlexiPai, the first smartphone to be truly identified as foldable, came to market in November 2018 and paved the way for a whole host of vendors set to venture into the foldable phone category. Now that Samsung has also announced its foldable Galaxy Fold and Huawei showed its Mate X at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC), more smartphone vendors are gearing up to debut foldable devices over the coming months and foldable smartphones look set to be a major trend for 2019.
The eSIM remains a hot topic and one which original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), mobile network operators (MNOs), smart card and secure IC vendors continue to explore, prepare and strategize. Today, the handset market has begun to move, driven by Google’s recently launched Pixel 2 handsets with eSIM inclusion, raising expectations that other OEMs will follow suit. In addition, the rise of the eSIM has raised fears that it may be used as a platform for OEMs to directly compete with its current MNO customer base, using the eSIM as a platform from which to launch MVNO services.
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The mobile phone industry is on the cusp of an important phase of development as enhanced technologies and innovative user interfaces and experiences seek to breathe new life into the market. In this ‘post-smartphone’ era, the market is braced to provide more immersive touch-less experiences, with many new interfaces developing through artificial intelligence and gesture control. ABI Research has categorized 10 major mobile industry ecosystem companies and value creators based on comparative evaluation and benchmarking of 4 main areas, including patent trends, R&D and acquisitions. This assessment provides an insight into who is best placed to take full advantage of this future paradigm and gain a better understand of which companies are set to lead this next wave of technological transformation.
- Why is the smartphone market set to go through a transformational change, and what will this change look like?
- Which companies are set to lead and drive this next wave of technological transformation in the smartphone market?
- Who is best placed to take full advantage of this future paradigm and why?
- What are the comparative strengths and weaknesses of 10 of the world’s top value creators?
- What else can be done to affect this change and what will the future competitive landscape in the smartphone market look like?
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