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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 ...

Microsoft Acquire Fortnite’s Biggest Star in Unexpected Move

Fortnite star Ninja has made a shock move to Twitch competitor Mixer, in a momentous exclusive media rights deal. This marks a massive upheaval for the Fortnite star who has developed a significant fanbase on Amazon owned Twitch of over 14.7 million followers. At his peak in 2018, Ninja saw a paying monthly subscriber count of over 250,000. Ninja’s ...

What Does Fortnite's $3 Million Prize Mean for the Future of Esports?

In the wake of last weekend’s Fortnite World Cup event, which culminated in 16-year-old Kyle Giersdorf taking the $3 million prize, esports is edging ever-closer to the mass market. And as FIFA’s eWorld Cup prepares for launch in a few days’ times, Futuresource Consulting’s Morris Garrard, Research Analyst explores the projections and provides expe ...

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 ...

Amazon Prime Day Has Ended - Futuresource Explains How its Daily Price Tracking Service Witnessed the Greatest Online Event of Projector Deals Yet

When people think of Amazon Prime Day, home projection may not be the first tech category that comes to mind but the etailer, online retail in general in fact, has grown to become a key channel for projector sales. Worldwide dedicated home projector sales grew 15% globally in 2018 (excluding Screenless TV in China), as outlined in Futuresources’s ‘ ...

Biamp Acquires Audioprof - But What Does that Mean for the Brands and the Industry?

Yet further consolidation has hit the professional audio markets, with Biamp’s acquisition of the Community and Apart loudspeaker brands. This follows a consolidation trend which Futuresource has being reporting on for some time, with pro audio moving further away from the independent, family-run industry it once was. This announcement follows anot ...

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 Local Services Thrive Alongside Global Scale SVoD Giants

The dynamism of the subscription video sector has showed no sign of slowing in the first half 2019; with a high sense of anticipation for what is to come during the remainder of the year. Most of the current focus has centred around the potential Netflix dampening services which have yet to launch; namely Disney+, WarnerMedia and Apple TV+. However ...

A Review of InfoComm Southeast Asia

InfoComm Southeast Asia, in Bangkok, Thailand celebrated a triumphant debut launch last month, securing its status as the go-to annual event for the Asian pro AV community. Exhibitors and attendees concurred that the show had earned its stripes. Many of those that took a wait-and-see approach this year indicated they will definitely attend or parti ...

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