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Why Low-Cost Smartphones will Dominate this Decade

According to Juniper Research, the number of smartphone shipments will approach 1.2 billion in 2014 — that’s an increase of 19 percent from the 985 million in 2013. The global market is expected to be driven by growth in emerging markets, due to a continued surge in sales and adoption of low-cost Economy $75-$150 and Ultra-Economy sub-$75 smartphones.

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Car Telematics Subscribers to Reach 158.9 Million by 2020

Telematics is a broad term that may be applied to a wide range of connected services in the automotive industry. The basic definition of automobile telematics is an automatic system designed for passenger cars that incorporates some form of cellular communication. The drivers behind adoption of telematics systems among car manufacturers are both commercial and regulatory.

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Smart Wearables Market will Reach $53.2 Billion in 2019

Research has also shown that retention rates for certain wearable devices are much lower than originally anticipated. However, this has not dampened the consumer electronics industry enthusiasm for wearable devices — a case in point being the introduction of the Apple Watch this week. Juniper Research has revealed that the global retail revenue from smart wearable devices are now forecast to treble by 2016, before reaching $53.2 billion in 2019.

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New Internet of Things Study Uncovers Smart Device Demand

The 2014 Internet of Things (IoT) Study examines consumer adoption of connected devices and smart technology. About 69 percent of consumers are planning to buy an in-home device in the next five years. By the end of 2015, 13 percent of consumers will own an in-home IoT device, such as a thermostat or in-home security camera. Currently 4 percent of those surveyed own such a device.

via Acquity Group

Upside for Media Tablet Market in the Middle East and Africa

The Middle East and Africa (MEA) media tablet market recorded a 2% quarterly decline in shipments during the second quarter of 2014 to total 3.95 million units, according to IDC. However, the MEA market remains the world’s fastest growing region as it continues to be an area of focus.

via IDC

Streaming Media Players are Still Popular for Online Video

Streaming Media Players

Streaming media players were added to 6 million American homes over the past year, increasing ownership penetration to 17 percent of U.S. Internet households in the second quarter Q2 of 2014, according to NPD Group.

Streaming media player ownership will increase to 39 percent of U.S. Internet households by 2017.

via Digital Lifescapes

UK Smartphone Market is Clearly Dominated by Two Vendors

As of the three months ending July 2014, Samsung held a 36% market share in Great Britain and Apple 28.6%.  And, the closest vendor challenger?  It wasn’t BlackBerry nor HTC, but Nokia — with a 10.3% share of sales.

via eMarketer

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