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Huawei Shine a Light on its Post Google Future

On March the 26th, Huawei, the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world by volumes, refreshed its flagship smartphone range with the release of the Huawei P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus. This was the centrepiece of Huawei’s entire product release, but alongside this the vendor also announced the Watch GT2e, the Smart X speaker and a refre ...

Harmony OS - Better Explained

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Harmony OS, the operating system that was launched by Huawei last year. Is Harmony OS Huawei’s solution to its growing dependency on the Android platform? Or is it the much touted ‘Plan B’ for its smartphone business that’s facing strong geo-political headwinds? It is neither but a lot more. Let’s see what the Har ...

Appealing to the Masses: What a Fragmented Smart Home Sector Must do to go Mainstream in 2020

We all have a friend that is first to invest in the latest tech gadget, but the exponential growth in new, innovative products across the smart home sector – from smart toilets and kettles, to smart litter bins and curtains – has left many a technophile checking their bank balance. From hundreds of exhibitors who released or upgraded smart home pr ...

From Hearable to Healthable - The Case for Biometric Sensors in True Wireless Products of the Future

Almost all smartwatches, smartphones and even some sports headphones have had heart-rate sensors for almost a decade, providing the ability to monitor beats-per-minute primarily for sports-use cases. Biometric sensors have come a long way in many consumer electronics products but its adoption in hearables has been muted, with a current lack of supp ...

Coronavirus Continues to Impact the Global CE Market

Efforts to halt the spread of the health crisis caused by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which has infected almost 100,000 people across 80 countries at the time of writing, has caused significant disruption to global supply chains. This, in turn, has dampened Chinese domestic demand. Given that the Chinese consumer electronics m ...

Mobile World Congress Cancelled: What Does this Mean for the Smartphone Industry?

Following the news that GSMA has decided to cancel Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, as a result of the risk associated with the Coronavirus, the mobile industry and its stakeholders are now taking stock as to what this precisely means for the market this year. MWC is one of the most important consumer electronics trade shows of the year, represe ...

Samsung: Unpacking its 2020 Strategy

At its Samsung: Unpacked event, the company unveiled 3 new premium devices, and in doing so pointed towards its strategy for 2020 and beyond. With the Galaxy Z Flip, an upgrade to its foldable phone line up, the S20 range - a refresh of its premium handset offering and new true wireless Galaxy Buds+, Samsung has again positioned itself for a strong ...

Where Now for the Future of Technology?

Welcome to the 2020s, the decade that inadvertently became the “catch all” for all kinds of future technology aspiration. By now, we were supposed to have been working a three-day week, with copious leisure time at our disposal, interacting socially with robots and zipping around the city in personalised flying transportation pods. But, having arri ...

How will the Ever-changing Retail Landscape Affect Consumer Electronics Distribution in 2020?

According to Futuresource’s latest Consumer Electronics Retail Distribution report, around 10% of all global CE shipments were shipped through the vendor direct channel (i.e. through the vendors’ own physical or digital retail structure). This is driven primarily by the USA, UK and China, three retail landscapes where vendors are keen to control th ...

Esports Edging its Way into Mainstream Consciousness

Esports continues to edge its way into mainstream consciousness and is becoming one of the most coveted marketing channels for brands seeking to make an impact in gaming. The competitive gaming industry is expected to breach the $1 billion threshold in 2020, an accomplishment for a largely grassroots powered industry, but a niche in the wider enter ...

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