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Why Device Vendors Can’t Rely on Bright Shiny Objects

Why Device Vendors Can't Rely on Bright Shiny Objects

Worldwide shipments of devices — personal computers (PCs), media tablets and mobile phones — will decline by 3.7 percent in 2019, according to the latest worldwide market study by Gartner.

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Global Quest for Elusive Smartphone Growth

Global Quest for Elusive Smartphone Growth

Globally the smartphone market is no longer expanding. IDC forecasts an increase of just 1.8% in units to 2023, with volumes rising over the 1.5 billion unit threshold annually after a dip this year. Where does that leave emerging markets, which for many years were a motor of growth?

via IDC

Consumer Spending on Tech to Reach $1.3 Trillion

Consumer Spending on Tech to Reach $1.3 Trillion

Consumer spending on technology is forecast to reach $1.32 trillion in 2019, that’s an increase of 3.5% over 2018. Purchases of traditional and emerging tech will remain strong, reaching $1.43 trillion in 2022 with a five-year CAGR of 3%.

via IDC

Connected Wearables Shipment will Reach 239 Million

Connected Wearables Shipment will Reach 239 Million

Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.4 percent, total shipments of smartwatches, smart glasses, fitness & activity trackers, smart clothing, mobile telecare and medical devices as well as other wearable devices are forecasted to reach 238.5 million units in 2023.

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Why New Smartphone Shipments Have Declined

Why New Smartphone Shipments Have Declined

Smartphone demand has slowed due to market saturation in most North American and European countries, so the primary opportunities there stem from device replacement. Forrester forecasts that these economies will add no more than 91 million new smartphone subscribers.

via Forrester

GPS and Internet of Things Enable New Tracking Apps

GPS and Internet of Things Enable New Tracking Apps

According to the latest market study by Berg Insight, the market for consumer GPS pet trackers and services in Europe and North America is forecast to grow from € 60 million in 2017 to reach about € 340 million in 2022.

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China: Why Shanzhai is Faster Than Silicon Valley

China: Why Shanzhai is Faster Than Silicon Valley

“A product that took 12 to 18 months for a Western company to bring to market might take only four to six weeks within the Shanzhai ecosystem. It was common for Western companies that announced a new gadget to find Shanzhai versions of it on the shelves before they could put it on sale themselves.”

via MIT Technology Review