Tablet computers have replaced the TV in the bedroom as the must-have gadget for British children, with over one-third of those aged from five to 15 owning their own tablet in the UK, says Ofcom. The number of 5-15-year-olds using a media tablet to go online has doubled to 42% in the past year.
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Globally, pay television set-top box (STB) revenue — including IP, cable, satellite, and DTT STBs and OTT media servers — is up 4 percent in 2Q14 from 1Q14, to $4.8 billion. STB unit shipments grew 7 percent sequentially in 2Q14, but are down 3 percent from the year-ago 2nd quarter (2Q13). Cable television STB revenue increased by 3 percent sequentially in 2Q14, and unit shipments grew 4 percent during this same period.
According to the findings from the latest Juniper Research market study, differentiation is now shifting from hardware towards other features that allow new capabilities, such as GPS and NFC connectivity. It argues that the functionality is likely to become standard in the next few years.
The Middle East and Africa (MEA) handset market grew to its largest size in ten quarters in Q2 2014, expanding 27% year on year to total 64 million units. Smartphone share of the market jumped 13 percentage points year on year to reach 40% in Q2 2014, with that figure reaching as high as 75–80% in some of the region’s more developed countries.
Once PC vendors let go of their great unfounded hope that high-cost Ultrabooks would deliver a huge windfall in sales, then they were able to focus more on the real demand for low-cost notebook PCs and Chromebooks in the marketplace.
Global wearable device wholesale revenues will grow a huge 3200% from 2013 to 2020. Increasing device volumes will offset declining ASPs, as more vendors and models from China, India and elsewhere enter the market. The smartwatch and smartglasses categories will dominate total wearable device revenues for the next decade.
Healthcare focused smartphone interfaces launched by Samsung and Apple will be instrumental in propelling the global healthcare accessory hardware market to $3 billion by 2019, according to the latest market study by Juniper Research.