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5G: Marketing Hype or Commercial Reality

With the Mobile World Congress 2019 show only weeks away, many handset vendors will release details of their first 5G smartphones.  Conversely, most operators are only just embarking upon roll out of their 5G services in each region.  So is the industry truly ready for 5G, or are those early adopters going to be disappointed? Telecommunications pr ...

Key Trends in Flagship Smartphones - An Evolution Before the Revolution

With anticipation for MWC Barcelona beginning to build, we here at Futuresource Consulting are reflecting on the major trends that drove the smartphone market in 2018. Despite the increasing homogeneity of smartphones, flagship vendors continued to differentiate themselves from one another through some clever engineering. While excitement for 5G ne ...

Smart Home: Where to Next in a Voice Assisted World

Smart home had another year of fabulous growth as Futuresource estimates that shipments grew by 39% in 2018. This consumer electronics category is now worth more than $12bn globally and shipped over 100m devices in 2018. The industry is tackling some important challenges like interoperability, but lags in addressing issues that concern consumers an ...

Voice The Next Generation Consumer Interface

In the three short years since Amazon launched Echo speakers, sales have exceeded 42m units, creating a new ‘smart speaker’ category that by September 2018 had clocked up over $6bn in retail sales. Additionally, Echo is now playing a major role in the rising deployment of voice assistants (VAs) in a wider range of devices. Futuresource Consulting’s ...

Bose's Hearphones - Blurring the Boundaries Between Hearing Aids and Headphones

“Hearphones have truly changed my life” claims one review of Bose’s new generation of fashionable, customisable, ‘conversation-enhancing’ hearing aids. Thanks to a recent FDA approval for marketing the over-the-counter hearing aids, consumers both young and old are now able to purchase, program and control Bose’s ‘Hearphones’ on their own without t ...

Photokina 2018 - Why the Mirrorless Camera Format will be the Star of the Show

Since the last Photokina two years ago, product innovation has dramatically increased, especially with regards to mirrorless cameras and lenses.  In 2016, the industry and show buzz was all about the new category launches, including the Fujifilm entrance into medium format mirrorless. Now, two years later, Nikon, Canon and Panasonic have unveiled t ...

Latest Apple Event Key to Company's 2019 Strategy

Apple’s September ‘Special’ event has once again come around, with a new line up of handsets and the Apple Watch Series 4. With the iPhone accounting for 64 cents on every dollar Apple made in revenue since its last September event, and wearables continually cited up as one of Apple’s fastest growing product segments, the event is key for the compa ...

Amazon Strengthening its Position in TV? Who's Under Threat - Sky, Samsung or Both?

Amazon Fire OS powered TVs were made available in the USA last year and reports suggest that the online retailer is looking to push these sets outside of the USA, starting with the UK. 2017 saw Westinghouse, Seiki and Element partner with Amazon to release Fire OS sets under each of their respective names. More recently in April of this year, Amazo ...

Medical-Grade Technology Brings Renewed Excitement to the Wearables Market

Medical-grade wearables represent an exciting and dynamic new area for wearable technology. The increasing global prevalence of chronic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, are expected to cost the global economy $47 trillion annually by 2030. With the total consumer wearables market estimated to be worth $20 billion by the end of 2018, ...

Echo Sales Overtake Fire Tablets - But International Uptake Remains Dwarfed by the USA

The rise of Amazon’s Echo speaker has been well documented in recent years, culminating Echo selling more units worldwide in 2017 than Amazon Fire tablets – just.  With almost 20 million units sold worldwide during 2017, Echo’s installed base stood at 28 million by the end of the year, marginally ahead of Fire tablets at 27 million, with Fire TV al ...

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