Report: Consumers Prefer Smartphones Over Smart Speakers for Smart Home Control

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Nearly nine in 10 consumers see the smartphone as the controller for smart home devices, more than double the amount that see digital assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home serving that purpose, according to a new smart home preferences report from GfK. Unsurprisingly,...Learn More

IDC: Mobility Spending to Top $1.6 Trillion in 2018

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Worldwide spending on mobility solutions will top $1.6 trillion this year, a 3.2% increase over 2017, according to the International Data Corporation’s (IDC) new Worldwide Semiannual Mobility Spending Guide. The solid growth is expected to continue through 2021, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of...Learn More

AT&T, Ericsson Team Up on IoT Certification, Launch Joint IoT Professional Services Practice

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AT&T and Ericsson are teaming to offer IoT certification for devices. The collaboration includes testing, verification and “white glove” assistance with the regulatory approval process. “Companies want to connect things to extract value. We’re meeting that demand head-on by expanding our IoT professional services capabilities,”...Learn More

Report: Q4 2017 Smartphone Shipments Decline 9% From Q4 2016

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New research from Strategy Analytics shows that global Q4 2017 smartphone shipments dropped 9 percent compared to the same period a year earlier, marking the sharpest drop since the debut of the smartphone. Apple was the most popular smartphone provider, notching a 19% global market...Learn More

Mobile Device Trade-In Market Reaches Over $2 Billion, iPhones Lead the Pack

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U.S. consumers received 38% more for mobile device trade-ins in 2017 than they did in 2016, according to new research from HYLA Mobile, a company specializing in the U.S. mobile device trade-in market. HYLA researchers value that market at $2.156 billion. “Our review of 2017...Learn More

Xfinity Mobile Introduces Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) at Xfinity Stores Nationwide

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January 18, 2018 — PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Comcast announced today that Xfinity Internet customers can now bring their own device (BYOD) to Xfinity Mobile by visiting Xfinity Store locations across the country. Select, unlocked iPhone models can be activated on the Xfinity Mobile network, and devices that don’t qualify...Learn More

Huawei to Launch Mate 10 Pro Smartphone in February in the U.S.

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January 09, 2018 — LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today at CES® 2018, Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) revealed that its breakthrough HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro will be available in the U.S. through major electronics retailers, including Best Buy, Amazon, Microsoft, Newegg and B&H beginning on February 18, with...Learn More

CTA: AR/VR Headset Sales Approaching 5 Million Units, Generating $1.2 Billion

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Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies are expected to see record growth this year, according to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). The forthcoming U.S. Consumer Technology Sales and Forecasts report from CTA projects AR/VR headset sales (including eyewear) eyewear will sell 4.9 million units in...Learn More

Report: Frustration with the OTT Experience Will Drive Major Change

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Consumers are increasingly demanding video content on at any time, anywhere and on any device, but are overwhelmed by some 200 OTT choices, according to a new report from Ooyala. Yet, even with that many choices, millennials are not completely satisfied with their current OTT...Learn More

Apple Leads in Christmas Device Activations, Phablets Continue to Soar

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If there was a smartphone under the tree this holiday season, it was more likely to be an Apple product than any other brand, according to newly released Christmas device activations research from Flurry Analytics. More than 4 in 10 smartphones (44%) purchased during the...Learn More

Wearables Forecast: 18.4% Annual Growth to 2021

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A wearables forecast from ISC calls for the overall wearables market to increase from 113.2 million shipments in 2017 to 222.3 million in 2021, a compound annual growth rate of 18.4 percent. While basic wristbands like the Xiaomi Mi Band or Fitbit Charge have been...Learn More

Smart TV Preferences: User Experience is Key, Voice Control is Lacking

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User experience is the driving factor behind smart TV and streaming media preferences, according to a smart TV preferences survey from Parks Associates. Nearly half (45 percent) of all broadband households in the U.S. already have a smart TV, according to the research firm. Smart...Learn More

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