IDC: Smartwatch Sales Decline, But Not for Long

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Vendors shipped just 3.5 million smartwatches in 2Q 2016, a precedent-setting 32% year-over-year smartwatch sales decline, according to preliminary market data from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker. Vendors shipped 5.1 million units in 2Q’15. Apple shipped 1.6 million smartwatches in 2Q, tops for...Learn More

Wireless Mobile Phone Charging Survey Finds Four in 10 Have Used It

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More than eight in 10 consumers have heard of wireless charging on mobile phones and one in four have used it, according to a wireless mobile phone charging survey from IHS Markit. Awareness has continued to rise over the past 12 months in the U.S.,...Learn More

Report Finds Roku with Biggest OTT Video Set Top Box Market Share

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Set-top boxes from the likes of Apple, Google and Roku are the fourth-most popular means of streaming OTT video in homes, according to OTT video set top box market share research from comScore. The OTT STBs ranked behind the ¨Big 3¨ – desktops, smartphones and...Learn More

Sling TV Launches on Apple TV

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June 13, 2016  — SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today from the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Sling TV announced the debut of its live and on-demand Internet TV service on Apple TV. The over-the-top provider’s suite of services, including its single-stream, beta multi-stream, Sling Latino and Sling...Learn More

IDC Forecasts Declining Smartphone Growth Rate

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A revised forecast from IDC calls for a declining smartphone growth rate. Global smartphone shipments will increase only 3.1% year-over-year (YoY) in 2016, markedly slower than the 10.5% rate originally forecast, according to IDC. Global smartphone shipments will total 1.48 billion this year and increase...Learn More

IHS: Apple TV Shipments Hit 10 Million in 2015

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Apple TV shipments hit 10 million worldwide last year, propelling Apple into the top five set-top box (STB) manufacturers worldwide, according to IHS. Apple ranked fifth in terms of manufacturing volume trailing Arris, Technicolor, Skyworth and ZTE, according to new market research from IHS. Steve...Learn More

DISH Smartphone Repair Highlights Need for Revenue Diversification Strategies

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Both the telecom and pay-TV industries have seen their share of disruption, forcing providers to adopt revenue diversification strategies to replace lost revenue from legacy services. In the latest example, satellite pay-TV provider DISH is getting into the smartphone repair business with an interesting model....Learn More

IDC: Detachable Tablet Shipments Surge Amid Overall Tablet Decline

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Consumer interest in and purchases of tablets waned in 1Q 2016, according to preliminary market data from IDC. But detachable tablet shipments saw a substantial increase, climbing to 4.9 million units worldwide. That’s triple the units sold in the same quarter of 2015. Worldwide tablet...Learn More

Survey: 81% Own or Have Interest in Smart Home Devices

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Eight in ten Americans (81%) either own or have interest in smart home device purchases this year, according to new market data collected by Kelton Global and Research as part of a study commissioned by smart home device specialist Nest. Greater convenience was the primary...Learn More

Game Consoles Forecast: Household Penetration Below 50% by 2019

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Internet gaming consoles have been the most common connected entertainment device for years now, but their presence in U.S. broadband households will drop below 50% by 2019, according to a game consoles forecast from Parks Associates. Unit sales have been dropping for nearly 10 years...Learn More

NPD Finds Strong Interest in Smart Home Voice Control

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U.S. Internet users are increasingly turning to smartphones and voice command applications in order to control and otherwise make use of smart home devices and apps, according to the latest market research from The NPD Group Connected Intelligence ¨Connected Home Automation Report,¨ which found strong...Learn More

How Disruptive Will $50 Amazon Fire Tablet Be?

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The $50 Amazon Fire tablet, priced markedly below an average vendor selling price of $323, is causing disruption in the tablet market, particularly among tablet OEMs that lack content delivery platforms or channels, ABI Research highlights on its Tablets and Pervasive Computing Service. “Unlike other...Learn More