IDC: Smartphone Shipment Growth to Slow Sharply, Total 1.45 Billion in 2016

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Global smartphone shipment growth will be just 0.6% year-over-year (YoY) in 2016 to total 1.45 billion units, according to the latest from IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. That’s down sharply from 10.4% YoY growth exhibited in 2015. Growth in developed markets, including the U.S.,...Learn More

Digital Media Player Survey: 58% Watch Regular TV As Well

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A shift in factors motivating viewers to buy digital media players is under way, according to a new digital media player survey from GfK. Rather than considering them as the means to ¨cut the cord¨ on traditional cable, DBS and telco pay-TV services, viewers are...Learn More

Global OTT Content Revenues to Reach $53.2 Billion by Year-End

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Global OTT content revenues will increase from $47.7 billion in 2015 to $53.2 billion by year-end 2016, according to a new market research report from Future Market Insights. The roster of market leaders is chock full of big, high-tech brand names, including Akamai, Amazon, Apple,...Learn More

Report: U.S. Connected TV Penetration to Reach 60% by Year-End, 202 Million Users in 2020

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The connected TV market will surge higher out to 2020, when U.S. connected TV penetration will represent 71.2 percent of U.S. Internet users and 60.4 percent of the national population in 2016, according to new market research from eMarketer. e-Marketer pegs this year’s growth rate...Learn More

Parks Sees Apple Watch Market Share Gains Ahead Amidst Greater Device Engagement

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New market research from Parks Associates reveals Apple Watch owners are more engaged with their connected wearable devices than other brands. Three in 10 Apple Watch owners (31%) use voice commands to search for information online on a weekly basis as compared to 19 percent...Learn More

J.D. Power: Smartphone Satisfaction Higher Among Full-Service Subscribers

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Smartphone satisfaction is higher for owners who contract with full-service wireless carriers than it is for those who purchase wireless service on a  non-contract basis, according to Vol. 2 of the J.D. Power 2016 Full-Service Smartphone Satisfaction Study. Satisfaction among smartphone owners who subscribe to...Learn More

Google Pixel Smartphone, Google Home, Google WiFi Avoid “Me Too”-ism

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Google has avoided a “me too” approach with a range of new products announced yesterday – including the Google Pixel smartphone, a voice assistant for home control known as Google Home, a WiFi system that will carry the Google WiFi name and a Daydream View...Learn More

M2M Traffic Forecast: Cars to Generate 95% Through 2021

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Growing demand for mobile data from new, in-vehicle entertainment services such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will generate lots of new cellular M2M data traffic, according to a new M2M traffic forecast from Juniper Research. In fact, in-vehicle entertainment services will account for as...Learn More

iPhone 7 Audio and Camera Capabilities Are Its Chief Innovations

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The Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, announced today and available this month, have a range of new capabilities. But the most impressive capabilities are not related to the products’ role as communications devices but instead pertain to the iPhone 7 audio and camera...Learn More

MSI Finds Increased Interest in iPhone Among Samsung Users

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Smartphone buyers are presenting Apple with an opportunity to gain market share at the expense of arch rival Samsung, according to Market Strategies International. Responses to an MSI survey conducted for the research firm’s ¨iPhone 7 Market Landscaper¨ revealed strong interest in iPhone offerings on...Learn More

Wearable Device Shipments: A Tale of Two Markets – IDC

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Wearable device shipments rose and reached 22.5 million units in 2Q’16 despite a drop in shipments for one of the market’s largest vendors, according to the latest market data from IDC. Overall, 2Q’16 wearable device shipments came in 26.1% higher than they did a year...Learn More

Research: Tablet Pricing Trends Higher Even as Sales Decline

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Global tablet pricing trends and sales trends moved in opposite directions in 2Q 2016, according to Strategy Analytics. Tablet shipments dropped 8 percent year-over-year (YoY) to total 46.7 million units in 2Q while average selling prices (ASPs) rose 9 percent, according the latest market data...Learn More