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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 ...

Schools Need a Different Approach to EdTech

A common theme at this year's BETT expo was the need for education organisations to develop a clear roadmap for the adoption of digital services. However, many schools and colleges are struggling to keep pace with the rate of technological change and are finding it increasingly difficult to know when and how best to implement new technology. The su ...

Rapid Adoption of Disney + Brings with it Alternative Challenges

The build-up of unprecedented pent up consumer demand has seen Disney+ achieve an impressive 28.6 million paid subscribers worldwide in under 12 weeks since launch. However, such rapid early uptake will pose challenges moving forwards that are more usually associated with established services. Initial uptake has largely been driven by Disney fando ...

YouTube Gaming Strikes Major Blow in Esports Broadcast Battle

Amazon’s content streaming platform Twitch is facing intensified competition, with Google, Facebook and Microsoft reaching into their pockets in a bid to dethrone the gaming community’s go-to video sharing platform. Recent developments will have considerable implications for the composition of the esports and gaming broadcast landscape, with Twitch ...

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 ...

Global Gaming Market Unlocking New Opportunities

Gaming in all its forms continues to enjoy lasting appeal, with worldwide consumer spend on gaming software growing to US$144 billion in 2018, according to research from Futuresource Consulting. The gaming market is currently driven by three key areas, namely uptake of the Nintendo Switch hybrid console, spend on console and PC gaming software, and ...

Virtual Assistants: A New World Beyond Smartphones and Speakers

The market for virtual assistants (VAs) continues to exhibit strong forward momentum and is now stepping beyond the territories of smart speakers and smartphones. Growing by 20% year-on-year in 2018, to 860 million units shipped worldwide, VAs are on track to exceed 2.3 billion unit shipments by 2023 according to Futuresource Consulting. APAC is t ...

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