Skip to the content
Menu

Consumer Electronics

Garmin's Acquisition of Firstbeat Sends Ripples Through the Wearables Market

On the 30th of June, Garmin announced that it had acquired Firstbeat Analytics, an arm of Finnish company Firstbeat Technologies which provides the heartrate and biometric tracking used by approximately 77% of the sports watch market, including Garmin, Suunto, Amazfit and Huawei. This acquisition from Garmin will likely send ripples through the wea ...

What Next for Smart Home as a Service?

One-in-four Consumers Will Consider Buying a Smart Security Device this Year When a consumer looks to buy their next smart device, they will be looking to purchase a product with a strong element of personalisation – one that aligns with their daily routine, eliminates manual tasks and improves safety, energy efficiency and even family connections ...

Five Reasons Why AirPods with Spatial Audio Matters

At WWDC on 22nd June, the first of its kind to be a fully virtual event, the headlines will undoubtably be about the move to silicon chips in Macs and the new features of iOS14. However, there were a couple of interesting innovations surrounding AirPods, which may have gone under the radar. These features, whilst only receiving a small mention, not ...

Sony Heats Up Gaming Battlefield in Latest PS5 Reveal

Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic has certainly challenged the technology industry in many ways, one key bright spot has been the steady announcements on next generation consoles. While the gaming community is still left in the dark about many aspects of what Xbox and Sony will bring to market during the 2020 holiday season, more and more is being revea ...

The UK CE Market Landscape, COVID-19 and Beyond

Futuresource Consulting has been researching and forecasting the global demand for entertainment hardware and content for over 30 years. In this time, we have witnessed global crises such as the recessions of 2001/2 and 2008/9. Now, with the global pandemic of COVID-19, we once again enter uncertain territory for almost everyone. ...

Apple Seeks to Pandemic-Proof Itself with the iPhone SE

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic that has brought global markets to a standstill, Apple announced a successor to its 2016 low cost iPhone SE. While the timing of this release has coincided with the beginnings of a global economic slowdown, the handset’s launch is designed to expand Apple’s footprint into more price conscious consumer demograph ...

Huawei Shine a Light on its Post Google Future

On March the 26th, Huawei, the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world by volumes, refreshed its flagship smartphone range with the release of the Huawei P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus. This was the centrepiece of Huawei’s entire product release, but alongside this the vendor also announced the Watch GT2e, the Smart X speaker and a refre ...

Harmony OS - Better Explained

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Harmony OS, the operating system that was launched by Huawei last year. Is Harmony OS Huawei’s solution to its growing dependency on the Android platform? Or is it the much touted ‘Plan B’ for its smartphone business that’s facing strong geo-political headwinds? It is neither but a lot more. Let’s see what the Har ...

Appealing to the Masses: What a Fragmented Smart Home Sector Must do to go Mainstream in 2020

We all have a friend that is first to invest in the latest tech gadget, but the exponential growth in new, innovative products across the smart home sector – from smart toilets and kettles, to smart litter bins and curtains – has left many a technophile checking their bank balance. From hundreds of exhibitors who released or upgraded smart home pr ...

From Hearable to Healthable - The Case for Biometric Sensors in True Wireless Products of the Future

Almost all smartwatches, smartphones and even some sports headphones have had heart-rate sensors for almost a decade, providing the ability to monitor beats-per-minute primarily for sports-use cases. Biometric sensors have come a long way in many consumer electronics products but its adoption in hearables has been muted, with a current lack of supp ...

About Us

Here at Futuresource Consulting we deliver specialist research and consulting services, providing market forecasts and intelligence reports. Since the 1980s we have supported a range of industry sectors, which has grown to include: CE, Broadcast, Entertainment Content, EdTech and many more.