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Impact of the Kumamoto Earthquake on the Camera and Pro Camcorder Industry

In mid-April 2016, a series of devastating earthquakes hit Kumamoto City in South West Japan. The entirety of Kumamoto City was left without water, rail and road links, air services were disrupted and several key factories for the camera and pro camcorder industry were damaged.Chief among these was Sony's Kumamoto factory, responsible for manufactu ...

Voice Heralds Next Generation Features in Wireless Speakers and Smart Home Applications

In July 2015, Amazon launched its first audio device, called Echo, which has since become the bestselling wireless speaker in the US and is expected to sell around 3.9 million units by the end of this year (cumulative since launch), earning Amazon almost $700 million. Echo represents the first wireless speaker to introduce a 'Voice Personal Assista ...

Softbank Takes the 'Long View' with ARM

Japan's Softbank is planning to buy UK semiconductor architecture designer ARM for £24.3 billion (US $31 billion), representing a 43% premium on ARM's pre-announcement share price. If the deal goes ahead, it seems like a lot for a company, which although highly profitable, had just $1.5 billion sales and single-digit growth in 2015. What does Softb ...

Vendors and Telcos Evolve their Strategies to Address the Mobile Handset Slowdown

Focus on META for New Growth, Accessories, Dedicated Online Stores and Open-Channel Brands. This blog entry expands on and discusses some of the new findings from Futuresource’s most recent analysis of the mobile market.2016 marks a significant point in terms of handsets sales, with smartphone growth expected to fall below 10% for the first time t ...

Brexit - What Might be the Implications for the CE Market?

Last week's decision by the UK to exit the European Union raises many questions for the consumer electronics industry. The most fundamental being – what impact will this have on sales? To answer this accurately implies knowledge of the impact it will have on the economy, on prices, on household disposable income and on consumer confidence. All of t ...

Apple Helps Wearables Revenue Accelerate Year-on-Year, While Migrates to Smartwatches, and Dedicated Fitness Revenues Slow

Following the release of the latest Futuresource WW Wearables Report we would like to share some of the topline trends, data points and market shares in the wearables market. In Q1 2016, worldwide revenue for wearable devices surged 133% to nearly $6 billion (at retail) year-on-year, fuelled by connected watches, notably as Apple Watch passes its 1 ...

High End Photography Market Remains Robust Despite Collapse of Entry-Level

The steep declines in camera sales over recent years (30% y-o-y), due to the ill-effects of smartphone cannibalisation, are showing some signs of softening, which could suggest the market is set to ‘bottom out’ over the next few years to serve the needs of a segment of the population who appreciate the unique benefits of dedicated cameras including ...

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