This year’s pandemic accelerated existing trends in the media and entertainment business, including the decline of movie theater attendance and traditional pay TV subscriptions.
Gaming-focused phones have failed to set the world on fire so far and are better known for their fails than their successes (think Nokia N-Gage). Is that set to change with the launch of 5G and streaming-based gaming services?
COVID-19 has driven more consumers to buy devices online rather than in carrier stores. That's not necessarily bad news for the carriers, as long as the transition is handled carefully. Will the trend continue in a post-COVID world?
As voice assistants continue to grow in adoption, and importance, how is consumer device purchase impacted? This short video explores the changing adoption of technology driven by voice assistant choice.
The wearables arena is dominated by smartwatches. But as the market evolves to a more health and wellness focus, is there an opportunity for alternative wearable devices?
31 percent of households in the US do not have broadband and that is causing a significant inequality in how we shop, do business and educate, especially during this pandemic. Based on our Rural America and Technology report, published last year, this short video (under 5 minutes) highlights the broadband issue and some of the consequences.
Last week Motorola revealed its much-awaited foldable smartphone, built on the foundations of its once-iconic RAZR V3 clamshell design. As one of the lucky few to have hands-on time with the device prior to launch, two words sum up my experience: painful excitement.
Google is getting serious about the wearables market with the announcement that it has agreed to buy Fitbit for $2.1 billion. The deal, which is still subject to regulatory approval, would make Google the largest wearable tech OEM in the U.S. from an ownership perspective as of Q2 2019 according to the NPD Connected Intelligence Industry Overview and Forecast.
The last couple of weeks have confirmed to me that there is a lack of compelling innovation in the consumer electronics space… at least right now. Phone and smartwatch launches have become small iterative enhancements rather than substantial innovations, while IFA, the large European consumer electronics show, was a muted affair with little to set the world on fire.
Since its launch five years ago, Apple has worked to provide users with strong additional value in each iteration of its market-leading Apple Watch. While the Apple Watch Series 5 is mostly a carryover from the Series 4 in terms of form factor and features, Apple’s continued focus on health and wellness usability and strong sales momentum will keep the device as the leading new smartwatch on the market.