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

Strong Industry Support for Obama $400 Million Advanced Wireless Research Initiative

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Four city-wide initiatives will be a key part of President Obama’s Advanced Wireless Research Initiative (AWRI), announced today. The initiative, which has the support of numerous communications companies and communications industry organizations, aims to spur the development of technology to support fifth generation wireless networks....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

Verizon and Samsung unveil 4G LTE Network Extender for homes and businesses

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Basking Ridge and Ridgefield Park, New Jersey —  June 29, 2016 — Verizon and the Networks Division of Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today unveiled a new 4G LTE Network Extender designed to enhance wireless voice communications and deliver robust data coverage for residential and business locations. Adding to...Learn More

IHS: Smart TV Shipments Are More Than Half for All TVs

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More than half of the TV sets shipped worldwide in 1Q’16 were smart TVs, according to new smart TV shipments data from IHS Technology. That includes North America, where smart TVs accounted for 56 percent of 1Q’s total, IHS said The uptick in smart TV...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

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