Mexico will boast 104.3 million mobile connections — 86.7% of the population — and a mobile phone user base of 75.8 million in 2014, nearly half of whom will be smartphone users. One of the most eagerly embraced smartphone capabilities are over-the-top (OTT) mobile messaging services.
According to research firm TechNavio, the Connected M2M Home Appliance Market in the U.S. is expected to witness significant growth and post a CAGR of 49.98 percent from 2014-2018. A lot of this growth can be chalked up to the trend towards cloud-managed smart homes and the Internet of Things.
Small consumer electronics, such as smart wearable devices, create new challenges for user interface UI designers that must find innovative ways to enable human interaction via emerging technologies. As a result, semiconductor component integration and software development will also evolve.
There is a shift from smartphones being a communications device to a multi-function, voice-controlled computer that helps you run more and more aspects of your life. It’s already a cloud-connected digital personal assistant that knows you, but it will grow to communicate with the computer in your car, at home, in the office, at the shopping mall and elsewhere.
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.