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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 ...

Future VR Developments Driven by High-End Headsets

The head mounted display (HMD) market increased by a total of 3.3 million units worldwide in 2018, according to Futuresource Consulting. This equates to 19% year-on-year growth, and represents a dramatic slowdown when compared with 2017, when HMD unit sales grew by close to 250% over the previous 12 months. However, when looking at 2018’s market va ...

Where Next for Wearables?

After years of product development and experimentation, wearable tech has started to gather pace, building an ecosystem of connected devices that is capturing the hearts and wallets of consumers. According to Futuresource Consulting, this rapid acceleration of device uptake will result in a global market value of $108 billion by 2023. That figure w ...

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 ...

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