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New Apple Offerings Focus on Professional-Grade Photography, Content and a Wearable Future

Apple’s latest product releases saw the vendor refresh its three personal electronics products, with the iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad all receiving upgrades. Meanwhile, Apple continued its march towards expanding its services offering with the official release of Apple Arcade and Apple TV+. As expected, the centrepiece of Apple’s new announcements ...

Fossil's 5th Generation Smartwatch: Wear OS' Lifeline?

It’s difficult to believe that Fossil is already on its 5th generation platform for its Android Wear smartwatches and easy to ask what improvements have been made on a generation by generation basis. Innovation tends to be evolutionary as opposed to revolutionary in the smartwatch market, and certainly from a consumer’s point of view it appears inf ...

Pain Ahead Across the TV Supply Chain

TV brands are set for a stark reckoning in the second half of 2019, as a range of issues come to a head to create many losers and just one winner in what looks to be a zero-sum game. While Futuresource anticipates global TV market shipments will grow by 2.1% in 2019, a number of global and regional issues are set to cause a lot of pain in the supp ...

Virtual Assistants Go from Strength to Strength, but there are Challenges Ahead

The market for virtual assistants (VAs) continues to demonstrate strong positive momentum, driven forward by a combination of rising demand and improved accessibility across the enabling technologies. Global shipments for ‘built-in’ VAs, covering products offering direct access via microphones and speakers, will exceed 2.3 billion units by 2023. Th ...

True Wireless Headphone Bandwagon gets More Crowded, as Brands vie to Challenge Apple

True wireless headphones sales have enjoyed extraordinary growth in the past year. After a very successful Q4 2018, which saw shipments reach a total equal to the previous three quarters combined, Q1 2019 witnessed year-on-year growth of 223% in units and 188% in revenue. Consumers appear to enjoy the freedom that truly wireless products bring. Alt ...

Can Politics Derail the Huawei Market & What Are the Implications for the Broader Smartphone Market?

The latest movement in the escalating US-China trade war has seen restrictions placed on US companies conducting business with Huawei, which has resulted in Google announcing that Huawei will now no longer have access to the latest updates to Android, the operating system that powered nearly 200M Huawei smartphone sales in 2018. As noted by Future ...

Untethered Hearables Offer New Monetisable Opportunities

A hearable is defined as an intelligent in-ear audio product that uses wireless technology to connect via a smartphone or other device that streams content from the Internet. Hearables improve the listening experience through application of noise cancellation and audio enhancement technology, or through advanced features such as translation and voi ...

The Battle to be the 'Netflix of Gaming'

Entertainment giants like Microsoft, Google, Amazon and Apple are all striving to be the ‘Netflix of Gaming’, making announcements about new cloud gaming platforms or ‘digital only’ consoles like the Xbox S1. Their targets? The ‘digital natives’ a segment that have grown up without discs and are totally unfamiliar with the sluggish cartridge loadin ...

Wearables in Sport: Why the Wearable Will Ride the ‘Digital Fitness Wave’

A key lesson learnt in the wearables market is that sport sells. With the ‘digital fitness wave’ gathering momentum and driving developments of hardware and software in a variety of sporting verticals, Futuresource has conducted a study looking at the role of wrist-worn wearables in sport. Health and fitness tracking have been a staple of different ...

Market Opportunity and Technology Integration Drives Ingenuity in Hearables

The market for hearing enhancement products is set for disruption. Leading consumer electronics brands are now impinging upon the traditional markets for hearing aids by adding technologies that transform earphones into the growing category of hearables. Today the hearing correction market presents an opportunity of 24 million devices annually, wi ...

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