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VPA (Voice Personal Assistants) Competition in 2017

Futuresource expects voice control to largely disrupt how we interact with our electronics – from controlling our in-car-entertainment, white goods or smartphones, voice is making an impact. With four main contenders in the English language VPA race, Siri, Alexa, Cortana and Google Assistant, there is a lot of ground to fight for, with no clear win ...

The Day of the Smart Appliance is Finally Dawning

Smart appliances have been available for many years without making much impact on the $74 billion worldwide laundry and refrigeration market, but research from Futuresource Consulting indicates that this may be about to change.Currently, <2% of the worldwide market for laundry and refrigeration is accounted for by smart devices, even though the ...

Do-It-Yourself Consumer Electronics

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) is a trend we see growing in Consumer Electronics as consumers seek to refresh, enhance, and even create their own CE devices, supported by online tutorials, online component marketplaces and a rapidly growing base of coding-savvy consumers.We have seen connectivity penetrate home and personal CE devices; however the scope of w ...

Wearable Tech Market Loses Momentum

Q4 punctuated a disappointing year for wearable device sales, as connected watch sales failed to fill the void left by slowing fitness devices – despite functionality and brands shifting to the newer category.A total of 90 million units of wearable devices were shipped to the market, reaching a retail market value of $14.2 billion. It was the first ...

Mobile Industry Forced to Work Harder to Maintain Growth

With worldwide shipments increasing by a factor of twenty over the last ten years, the smartphone has become one of the most successful products in consumer electronics today. 2017 will see the point at which over half of the world’s population owns a smartphone, far surpassing the peak of feature phone penetration, which did not reach more than 40 ...

Harman Brings Samsung Leadership in Connected Car Market

Samsung has made an offer worth around $8 billion to acquire US audio/automotive specialist group Harman International. The deal will jump-start Samsung in the global automotive infotainment market, which Futuresource values at around $30 billion (including telematics and navigation), as well bringing Harman's stable of consumer and professional au ...

The Consumer World of 360 Video Capture

2016 has seen the launch of lower cost virtual reality (VR) headsets and the availability of 360 video experiences without headsets on sites like YouTube and Facebook. This is creating a heightened interest in 360 video capture. Initially VR capture was made possible only with high end professional cameras like the Nokia Ozo, at a cost of 60,000 US ...

Google's Move Into Hardware Is About More Than Devices

Google has ditched its Nexus line of products after a few years. Initially introduced in 2012 to showcase Android’s capabilities and stimulate interest amongst OEM partners and consumers alike Nexus has now given way to Pixel as Google switches from working with selected partners on devices such as smartphones and tablets to new ‘designed by Google ...

CEATEC - A Reflection of Japan's Changing Role in Worldwide Electronics

A number of trade exhibitions and fairs punctuate the calendar of Futuresource analysts and – one of these, CEATEC - has just finished. The Tokyo show (whose full name is Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies) feels quite different to other events such as CES, IBC and IFA as it is primarily a showcase for Japanese firms. Over the years, Futu ...

Apple's iPhone Shows the Emphasis is on Improving the User Experience

Apple's iPhone 7 launched to the usual blaze of speculation and publicity. As I watched the event and the presentation of each feature and improvement the point that occurred to me was that it is now near enough impossible for a smartphone to stand out from the crowd. Apple did a great job in explaining the advances in camera functionality, battery ...

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