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

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

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

IDC: Tablet Sales Drop to 206 Million, Down 10% From Last Year

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Holiday-season sales weren’t enough to avoid a disappointing 4Q 2015 for tablet shipments, which declined 13.7% year-over-year (YoY). Tablet shipments totaled 206.8 million for 2015 in its entirety, a 10.1% drop from 2014’s 230.1 million, according to the latest IDC Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. Global...Learn More

Flurry: Phablet Market Share Grows to 27% of New Activations

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Larger screen phablets have proved popular among consumers despite initial skepticism among industry pundits. To wit: phablets accounted for nearly 3 in 10 mobile device activations (27 percent) in the week prior to Christmas, according to the latest holiday season market data from mobile analytics...Learn More

IDC: Tablet Sales Decline 11% Since 2014

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The downward slide in consumer demand for tablets gained momentum in the third quarter (3Q’15), dropping 11.2 percent year-over-year to 49.4 million units shipped, according to the latest published market data from IDC. 3Q’s drop was the fourth consecutive quarterly decline in global tablet shipments,...Learn More

IDC: 3Q Global Smartphone Shipments Second-Highest Ever

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Global smartphone shipments totaled 355.2 million in 3Q 2015, the second highest quarterly total recorded, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. That’s up 6.8 percent from 332.6 million in 3Q’14. That said, IDC forecast 3Q’15 global smartphone shipments would increase to reach...Learn More