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Audio Everywhere: The Rise of Consumer Music Hardware

Demand for consumer audio hardware is on the rise, driven by renewed interest in music consumption and a range of technological improvements reshaping the market. Comprising home audio hardware and headphones, the value of the worldwide consumer audio market was $47.5 billion in 2018, rising to $50.8 billion in 2019. Here are the key trends to watc ...

Tech Vs Traditional Audio - A Battle That is Going Down to the Wire(less)

There is a battle at present within the audio market between tech brands, particularly Google and Amazon, and the traditional audio brands. Big tech has already emerged victorious in the smart speaker field, with Futuresource research showing Amazon and Google comprising 88% of this market, excluding China, which is dominated by Alibaba, Baidu and ...

The Battleground for our Ears: A Reflection on 2019 and Where it's Headed

2019 has been one of the most exciting years yet for headphone analysts. Earphones are evolving into a far more versatile device than ever before, and Futuresource believes the stakeholders are laying the foundations for the next generation of UI. With smartphone sales slowing and wrist-wearables finding their niche, the tech giants are preparing t ...

Google Buys Fitbit: What Does this Mean for the Wearables Industry

The announcement of Google’s acquisition of Fitbit for $2.1bn is a fundamental shift in the wearables competitive landscape and will send reverberations through the industry. Of all the major technology companies worldwide, only Apple has placed a serious emphasis on wearables and has, as a result, almost exclusively been the driving force behind s ...

Supply Chain Opportunities in a Disruptive Trade Environment

The most challenging phase of the US – China trade dispute is going to be felt on Dec 15th when the US is scheduled to implement a 10% tariff on all domestic goods and personal electronics, otherwise known as List 4B. The timing of this announcement could not have been worse for the consumer electronics (CE) sector, which is already facing growth c ...

Big Billion Day Highlights India's CE Retail Transformation

India is in the middle of a digital transformation, fuelled by investment seeking to tap into the digitally hungry growing middle class. The last three years have seen major changes in India’s digital landscape; primarily following Reliance Jio’s aggressive mobile data pricing, lowering connectivity costs to affordable levels and aiding the growth ...

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 ...

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