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

comScore: U.S. Smartphone Penetration Nears 80 Percent

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Nearly 200 million people across the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in January, a 79.1% U.S. smartphone penetration rate, according to comScore’s latest MobiLens and Mobile Metrix. Apple’s smartphones continued to be the leading brand, while Google’s Android remained the top smartphone...Learn More

Smartphone Voice Assistant Survey: Satisfaction Nears 50%

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Use of smartphone conversational voice assistants, such as Apple’s Siri and OK Google appears to have reached a tipping point in 2015, according to smartphone voice assistant survey from MindMeld. Over half of voice assistant users (55%) in MindMeld’s January 2016 survey said they used...Learn More

Intent to Purchase Wearables: IDC Finds Function/ Fashion Gap

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Tech savvy, highly social and style-conscious – that’s the basic profile of potential wearable device purchasers, according to new market research about intent to purchase wearables from IDC. Wearable tech developers have yet to strike the right combination of functionality and fashion that will prompt...Learn More

Report: Smart Home Satisfaction Hampered by Lack of Interoperability

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Smart home satisfaction is hampered by a lack of interoperability, according to new research from Argus Insight. The market research company compiled more than 576,000 consumer smart home device and application reviews in producing the report titled ¨The Quest For An Intelligent Smart Home: Will...Learn More

Mobile Proximity Payment Forecast: Over 1 Billion Users by 2019

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Ovum has issued a bullish mobile proximity payment forecast. The category is the smallest segment of the mobile payments market, but the fastest growing, the research firm notes. The number of people worldwide using near-field communications (NFC) and other mobile proximity technology will mushroom from...Learn More

IDC: Wearable Device Shipments Hit 78 Million in One Year

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People bought many, many more wearable tech devices in 4Q and for 2015 as a whole, according to the latest market research report from IDC. Vendors shipped 27.4 million units during 4Q – up 126.9% from a year before – and 78.1 million for the...Learn More

Smartphone Upgrade Trends: Over 30% Keep Phones More Than Two Years

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Smartphones are now present in 86% of U.S. broadband households and have reached similar levels of penetration in mature Western European markets, according to new market research from Parks Associates released in advance of the Mobile World Congress, which will take place in Barcelona February...Learn More