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News Article | May 4, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global wearables shipments reached 22 million units in the first quarter of 2017. Apple captured 16 percent marketshare and became the world’s largest wearables vendor, overtaking Fitbit. Steven Waltzer, Industry Analyst at Strategy Analytics, said, “Global wearables shipments reached 22.0 million units in Q1 2017, rising 21 percent annually from 18.2 million in Q1 2016. Stronger demand for new smartwatch models in North America, Western Europe and Asia drove the uptick.” Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “Apple shipped 3.5 million wearables worldwide in Q1 2017, rising 59 percent annually from 2.2 million units in Q1 2016. Apple captured 16 percent global marketshare and overtook Fitbit to become the world’s largest wearables vendor. The new Apple Watch Series 2 is selling relatively well in the US, UK and elsewhere, due to enhanced styling, intensive marketing and a good retail presence. Xiaomi shipped 3.4 million wearables for 15 percent marketshare worldwide in Q1 2017. Demand for its popular Mi Band fitness range was broadly flat across its core markets of Asia.” Cliff Raskind, Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “Fitbit shipped 2.9 million wearables worldwide in Q1 2017, falling a huge 36 percent annually from 4.5 million in Q1 2016. Fitbit has lost its wearables leadership to Apple, due to slowing demand for its fitnessbands and a late entry to the emerging smartwatch market. Fitbit’s shipments, revenue, pricing and profit are all shrinking at the moment and the company has a major fight on its hands to recover this year.” The full report, Global Wearables Vendor Market Share by Region: Q1 2017, is published by the Strategy Analytics Wearable Device Ecosystems (WDE) service, details of which can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/n29s7tt. Strategy Analytics is a global, independent research and consulting firm. The company is headquartered in Boston, USA, with offices in the UK, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, India and China. Visit www.strategyanalytics.com for more information. 1 Numbers are rounded. The definition of wearables includes products such as smartwatches, fitnessbands and smartglasses, but does NOT include peripheral attachments such as smart weighing scales.


News Article | May 4, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

Peter King, Service Director, Tablet & Touchscreen Strategies service said, "Surprisingly, Android market share held steady this quarter as cheaper alternatives from companies like Amazon and Huawei filled in the gaps where White Box vendors have traditionally served low-cost demand. Though still declining year-over-year, Samsung also showed stronger results this quarter, with a clear focus on mid-level Android tablets and a refresh on the way for its 2-in-1 line-up. There is still a market for tablets purely used for entertainment, and Android's resilience is proof of that." Eric Smith, Senior Analyst, Tablet & Touchscreen Strategies service added, "Sales performance for Windows Tablets has been fantastic over the last several years but the hero of this segment is missing in action. Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book are both over a year old and while PC and mobile-first OEMs refine the segment in their own way, the absence of Microsoft's leadership and marketing prowess is being felt as the segment slowed down this quarter." The two biggest players in the tablet market continue to suffer shipment declines on an annual basis. Apple and Samsung are moving in the right direction, however, as growth creeps back to breakeven and both vendors refine their 2-in-1 Tablet offerings this year. Branded Android vendors like Amazon and Huawei have capitalized on low-cost tablet demand as White Box vendors leaving the tablet market for more profitable, high-growth product segments. Lenovo's performance has fluctuated between positive and negative growth during the last several quarters as Huawei cuts in on its Asian business and ended with slightly negative growth in Q1 2017. High growth for Amazon is coming to an end and we expect a more stable growth pattern going forward within the low-cost slate market in which the company operates. Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success. www.StrategyAnalytics.com To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/strategy-analytics-windows-tablets-falter-as-tablet-market-falls-10-in-q1-2017-300452003.html


Click here for the report: http://sa-link.cc/1k0 Christopher Dodge, Associate Director and report author commented, "While voice commands provide the most natural HMI, in some instances manual options are also necessary to override the intelligent aspect of a device. Anxiety around technology breaking down and rendering the user helpless also exists, especially if it's relied on it for everyday tasks. This becomes a concern in the event of power failure, device battery failure, or inability to communicate effectively at any given time." Chris Schreiner, Director of Syndicated Research, UXIP added, "OEMs need to provide a quick method for users to intervene and regain control. The AI solution needs to be intelligent enough to identify a change has been requested and adjust accordingly. Knowing how to react when the user changes their mind or alters their path is crucial when AI gets something wrong." Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success. www.StrategyAnalytics.com. Analyzing UX innovation opportunities in wireless, smart home, and other emerging technologies, UXS forms part of the User Experience Innovation Practice (UXIP) at Strategy Analytics. Focusing on user behaviors, motivations and interests across multiple consumer verticals, UXIP helps clients meet consumer needs, develop usable solutions and deliver compelling user experiences through both syndicated and proprietary research capabilities. With our extensive expertise in large-scale survey work, in-depth interviews, focus groups and observational sessions, UXIP's research methodologies allow strategic user-centric analysis on the potential for new technologies. Providing actionable insight, go-to-market strategies and business recommendations, UXIP is a leading supplier of consumer knowledge to the technology industry. Click here for more information. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/strategy-analytics-on-artificial-intelligence-voice-as-primary-hmi-provides-more-natural-engagement-300451434.html


Susan Welsh de Grimaldo, Director, Operator Strategies said: "Digital customer engagement through digital transformation is not just about going after digitally savvy Millenials. CSPs have an opportunity to focus beyond the early adopters on the next wave of users—for example the broader family, the small enterprise—by adding value and incentives for digital engagement plus ease of use, security and privacy. CSPs need to handhold these users up the ladder of digital engagement, "spot" them and train them as they learn new skills and build comfort—driving both cost savings for the CSP and value and satisfaction for the customer." Sue Rudd, Director, Networks & Platforms added: "Great network infrastructure is table stakes but no longer enough to succeed and differentiate. The network needs to become a key enabler as CSPs change their focus to how they enhance the customer's digital lifestyle, both consumers and enterprises, as well as small businesses." Phil Kendall, Executive Director, Operator Strategies, commented: "Customer centric digital engagement should target key KPI improvements that impact the bottom line; for example, a one percentage point improvement in churn would reduce customer acquisition costs by an amount equivalent to 0.5% of service revenue, with a similar scale of saving available from a 20% reduction in calls to customer care." Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. www.StrategyAnalytics.com Meet us at TM Forum Live!, taking place May 15-18, 2017, at the Acropolis in Nice, France. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/communications-service-providers-csps-should-target-6-8-margin-improvements-from-digital-transformation-says-strategy-analytics-300452747.html


BOSTON, Feb. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- 5G and Autonomous Vehicles will be among the hottest segments at MWC 2017 with honorable mentions to smart cities, AI, and Robotics. Strategy Analytics experts will be on hand covering the event. They will provide insights separating hype from reality and differentiating incremental improvements to true innovation across devices, networks, and platforms. David Kerr, a Senior Vice President at Strategy Analytics, commented "With over 2000 exhibitors and thousands of product and service announcements, the words best in class, first and unique may well be exhausted over the 4 days of the congress! However, we do expect significant advances in service provider and solutions vendor offerings around 5G, network slicing, virtualization, and digital transformation." Kerr added, "We anticipate a tsunami of IoT agreements and partnerships in advance of significant business and consumer spending in the segment." In addition to moderating and participating in several panels during the congress, Strategy Analytics will host the following exclusive analyst insights presentations at the Fira Barcelona. Strategy Analytics clients are invited to register for any of these sessions. Can't make it out to Barcelona for the event? Strategy Analytics will have you covered with an in depth post MWC Wrap-up Webinar. Analysts will be summarizing the key takeaways of the week and predictions for what new developments will mean for the marketplace. To sign up for our webinar please go here. Click here for more information about Strategy Analytics Analyst Presentations at MWC 2017. Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success.


MILTON KEYNES, England, Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Intelligent Home Speaker shipments reached 5.9 million units globally in 2016 according to Strategy Analytics and will grow tenfold by 2022 driven by improved accuracy in speech recognition, new compelling use cases and multi-language support. Amazon's Echo line of devices currently dominates the market but competition is set to intensify this year as Google Home enters its first full year of sales and other Wi-Fi speaker manufacturers begin to build microphones and access to the major virtual assistant platforms into their own products. Strategy Analytics' associated Global Intelligent Home Speaker report is published here: http://sa-link.cc/1ju "Intelligent Home Speakers such as Amazon Echo and Google Home are a causing a wave of excitement amongst consumers," says David Watkins, Director, Connected Home Devices at Strategy Analytics. "The promise of conversational, hands-free interaction with the Internet is a very compelling one; although the current crop of intelligent speakers has their obvious limitations, future iterations will solve many of the early frustrations and deliver a range of new use cases such as voice calling, travel planning and remote learning and healthcare services. Furthermore we expect advancements in voice biometrics and voice authentication will help ease privacy concerns and make the devices more adaptable to multi-user environments." In spite of the strong growth forecast, Strategy Analytics cautions that adoption of Intelligent Home Speakers across different markets will be dependent upon the integration of localized services with the relevant voice platform as well as near-human levels of accuracy in terms of speech recognition and contextual understanding. Cost, however, is expected to be less of a barrier to entry. Bill Ablondi, Director of Strategy Analytics' Smart Home Strategies program comments that "The low cost of intelligent speakers such as Amazon's $50 Dot is leading to impulse purchasing from consumers that will help drive adoption of the technology well beyond the tech savvy gadget lover. However, new compelling use cases must emerge to ensure that these devices do not end up collecting dust after an initial period of experimentation." Other findings from the report include: Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success. www.StrategyAnalytics.com


News Article | March 1, 2017
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BOSTON, March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent survey report: Multi-SIM Mobile Hotspots Provide Opportunity for Improved Tethering Experience from the User Experience Strategies (UXS) Service at Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) has assessed consumer usage of mobile hotspots...


News Article | February 27, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.co.uk

Third of North American Homes to Acquire Intelligent Home Speakers by 2022 as Amazon and Google Establish Tomorrow's Consumer Interaction Models MILTON KEYNES, England, Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Intelligent Home Speaker shipments reached 5.9 million units globally in 2016 according to Strategy Analytics and will grow tenfold by 2022 driven by improved accuracy in speech recognition, new compelling use cases and multi-language support. Amazon's Echo line of devices currently dominates the market but competition is set to intensify this year as Google Home enters its first full year of sales and other Wi-Fi speaker manufacturers begin to build microphones and access to the major virtual assistant platforms into their own products. Strategy Analytics' associated Global Intelligent Home Speaker report is published here: http://sa-link.cc/1ju "Intelligent Home Speakers such as Amazon Echo and Google Home are a causing a wave of excitement amongst consumers," says David Watkins, Director, Connected Home Devices at Strategy Analytics. "The promise of conversational, hands-free interaction with the Internet is a very compelling one; although the current crop of intelligent speakers has their obvious limitations, future iterations will solve many of the early frustrations and deliver a range of new use cases such as voice calling, travel planning and remote learning and healthcare services. Furthermore we expect advancements in voice biometrics and voice authentication will help ease privacy concerns and make the devices more adaptable to multi-user environments." In spite of the strong growth forecast, Strategy Analytics cautions that adoption of Intelligent Home Speakers across different markets will be dependent upon the integration of localized services with the relevant voice platform as well as near-human levels of accuracy in terms of speech recognition and contextual understanding. Cost, however, is expected to be less of a barrier to entry. Bill Ablondi, Director of Strategy Analytics' Smart Home Strategies program comments that "The low cost of intelligent speakers such as Amazon's $50 Dot is leading to impulse purchasing from consumers that will help drive adoption of the technology well beyond the tech savvy gadget lover. However, new compelling use cases must emerge to ensure that these devices do not end up collecting dust after an initial period of experimentation." Other findings from the report include: Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success. www.StrategyAnalytics.com


News Article | February 22, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.co.uk

BOSTON, Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) is pleased to announce a new structure to its User Experience Innovation Practice (UXIP). Continually evolving to meet the needs of clients in emerging technology spaces, the User Experience Strategies (UXS) Service has been set up to complement UXIP's existing In-vehicle User Experience (IVX) Service and proprietary research capabilities, to deliver a comprehensive user experience service. Analyzing UX innovation opportunities in wireless, smart home, and other emerging technologies, UXS is designed to provide a roadmap to help clients design the optimal experience by understanding the emerging needs, motivations, use cases, pain-points and "must-have" experiences of lead adopters and future target consumers. Key deliverables include a monthly Technology Planning Report, answering key questions such as: Which future use cases will drive new technologies? Which consumer segments will adopt emerging technologies? And which monetization strategies will maximize adoption and profitability? Click here for more information: http://sa-link.cc/1jj Kevin Nolan, VP, UXIP commented, "I am pleased to announce that Chris Schreiner, current Director of IVX, has been promoted to Director, Syndicated Services, UXIP. Bringing a wealth of experience, Chris's appointment will ensure that we can continue to enhance our project portfolio and capabilities through both syndicated and proprietary research." Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success. www.StrategyAnalytics.com. UXIP provides design guidance and competitive intelligence on user experiences and opportunities for UX innovation. Focusing on user behaviors, motivations and interests across multiple consumer verticals, UXIP helps clients meet consumer needs, develop usable solutions and deliver compelling user experiences through both syndicated and proprietary research capabilities. With our extensive expertise in large-scale survey work, in-depth interviews, focus groups and observational sessions, UXIP's research methodologies allow strategic user-centric analysis on the potential for new technologies. Providing actionable insight, go-to-market strategies and business recommendations, UXIP is a leading supplier of consumer knowledge to the technology industry. Click here for more information.


News Article | February 16, 2017
Site: en.prnasia.com

BOSTON, Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing to provide comprehensive design guidance, competitive intelligence on user experiences and opportunities for Innovation, Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) is pleased to announce that Paul Brown (Analyst Bio) has been promoted to Director of User Experience Projects. Providing both syndicated and proprietary research capabilities, Strategy Analytics' User Experience Innovation Practice (UXIP) helps clients meet consumer needs, develop usable solutions and deliver compelling user experiences. Brown commented, "I am excited to undertake this position as this brings renewed focus to our custom research offering. UXIP is highly experienced in large-scale survey work, in-depth interviews, focus groups and observational sessions. Our research methodology allows strategic user-centric analysis on the potential for new technologies that would otherwise be unavailable, while at the same time, offering actionable insight, go-to-market strategies and business recommendations." Click here for more information: http://sa-link.cc/uxip Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success. www.StrategyAnalytics.com.

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