IDC: Smartphone Shipment Growth to Slow Sharply, Total 1.45 Billion in 2016

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Global smartphone shipment growth will be just 0.6% year-over-year (YoY) in 2016 to total 1.45 billion units, according to the latest from IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. That’s down sharply from 10.4% YoY growth exhibited in 2015. Growth in developed markets, including the U.S.,...Learn More

Digital Gaming Research Finds Heavy Smartphone Video Gaming Usage

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Nearly 8 in 10 U.S. consumers (78%) use smartphones to play video games, recent digital gaming research results revealed. Nearly 7 in 10 (68%) use tablets to read ebooks, according to a market research survey from PayPal and SuperData Research. Tablets ranked second and laptops...Learn More

Mobile Commerce Survey Uncovers Cellphone Separation Anxiety

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Feeling they may be missing some important news, favorite entertainment or great shopping deal, more than half the consumers in a global Nielsen mobile commerce survey (53%) may be subject to cellphone separation anxiety. In addition, two-thirds agreed that electronic communications are replacing face-to-face interaction....Learn More

Google Pixel Smartphone, Google Home, Google WiFi Avoid “Me Too”-ism

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Google has avoided a “me too” approach with a range of new products announced yesterday – including the Google Pixel smartphone, a voice assistant for home control known as Google Home, a WiFi system that will carry the Google WiFi name and a Daydream View...Learn More

How to Thrive in the Impending Data Usage Explosion: Artificial Intelligence, Partnerships?

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Ninety percent of all of the data that human beings have created was generated in the last two years, according to Thomas Saueressig, chief information officer for SAP, addressing attendees at Huawei Connect in Shanghai, China last week. And with 9 billion mobile devices forecast...Learn More

Digital Voice Activated Assistants Forecast to be in Over 2 Percent of U.S. Households This Year

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More than 2 percent of U.S. households – estimated at more than 2.8 million – will own a voice-activated digital assistant by the end of the year, according to a digital voice activated assistants forecast from Strategy Analytics. The market research and consulting company forecasts...Learn More

TDG: Use of New Social-Mobile Video Poised for Massive Growth

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The confluence of smartphone penetration and social media is fueling Social-Mobile video (SoMo) consumption, a new market segment that market researcher firm The Diffusion Group (TDG) expects will grow rapidly in coming years. Consumers now spend an average of more than 50 hours per week...Learn More

Report: Healthcare IoT Revenues to Reach $410 Billion by 2022

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Growing use of connected medical devices, smartphones and software automation will fuel revenue growth in the global market for healthcare IoT technology, according to new market research from Grand View Research. Global healthcare IoT revenues will reach $410 billion by 2022, the market research company...Learn More

Mobile Payment Preferences: Heaviest Users Are in Gen Z, Says GfK

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Young, Gen Z adults ages 18-24 are twice as likely to use mobile payments than the U.S. population as a whole, according to a new study about mobile payment preferences from GfK. Mobile payments account for just 3% of of all sales transactions in the...Learn More

Research Finds Half of Used Smartphones Have Personal Data

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Thinking of selling your used smartphone? Think twice before doing so, and take steps to ensure that all your personal data has been erased. Having purchased 20 used smartphones – five each in Barcelona, Berlin, New York and Paris – Avast Software used free, widely...Learn More

Neuroscience and Smartphones: Ericsson Quantifies User Frustration with Delays

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Smartphone users’ heart rates rose an average 38% when they experienced delays in loading of Web pages while working under pressure, according to new neuroscience and smartphones research from Ericsson. Delays of six seconds in streaming video caused stress levels to increase one-third. Offering context,...Learn More

Parks: Smart Home Revenue Adds an Additional $14 Month for Home Security Services

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Companies distributing home security systems are latching on to smart home devices and systems, generating incremental smart home revenue in the process. Seven in ten home security providers intend to offer some type of additional interactive smart home device or system in the next 12...Learn More