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Prime Time for Prime Day, as COVID-19 Gives Online Retailers a Clear Run at Q4

With Amazon’s Prime Day taking place across the 13th and 14th of October against the backdrop of a traditional retail landscape struggling as a result of Covid-19, it is clear that 2020 will go on record as the year that the digital revolution made tremendous strides through the consumer psyche. Online retail channels are expected to see record hig ...

Apple Finally Brings 5G to its Flagships, but the iPhone 12 Remains Evolutionary, Not Revolutionary, with Limited Consumer Applications for 5G Remaining

Apple’s October event finally saw the vendor release its much-anticipated 5G range of handsets, with the company opting to bring 5G to its entire iPhone 12 portfolio in a bid to launch themselves into the next generation of smartphone devices. While several of Apple’s rivals have already released first and, in some cases, second generation 5G hands ...

Futuresource Audio Collaborative Event Shifts to Virtual

Futuresource Consulting is delighted to announce that their well renowned Audio Collaborative event will be shifting to an all-virtual experience for the first time in six years. With health and safety being of prime importance during the coronavirus outbreak, Futuresource must ensure all co-workers, exhibitors, thought leaders and attendees feel a ...

Apple's iOS14 Enhances Multi-Tasking, Edge Compute and User Privacy

Apple released several major software updates for their products on 16th September 2020, including the long-anticipated iOS14 for iPhone. iOS14 is made available for all devices from iPhone 6s onward, covering products up to five years old. Arguably this arrived earlier than many developers expected, ahead of any announcements surrounding the new i ...

Gaming Software, Hardware and Headsets on the Up, as Appeal Intensifies and Market Surges

The video gaming industry has risen to new heights in 2020, with prevailing market conditions stimulating consumer demand and console lifecycles coming together to create an environment of opportunity. According to Futuresource research, by the end of this year the gaming software market will be worth US $154 billion, and gaming hardware will end t ...

Wearables Market Fights Off COVID-19, as Device Ecosystems Shape the Future

From hearables to smartwatches, the wearables market continues to trend upwards as consumers seek out increasingly complex, feature-rich devices. Between wrist-worn wearables, hearables and XR displays, Futuresource’s research and market tracking highlights a total of 260 million devices shipped in 2019, with growth propelling the market to become ...

From Entertainment and Search, to Smart Home Control, Voice Assistant Technology Comes of Age

Smart speakers continue to capture the hearts and wallets of consumers, driving demand for wireless speakers and establishing a wider acceptance of voice assistants. By the end of 2019, 21 million smart speakers were in use in Western European homes, on track to exceed 32 million by the end of this year according to Futuresource forecasts. Althoug ...

Garmin's Acquisition of Firstbeat Sends Ripples Through the Wearables Market

On the 30th of June, Garmin announced that it had acquired Firstbeat Analytics, an arm of Finnish company Firstbeat Technologies which provides the heartrate and biometric tracking used by approximately 77% of the sports watch market, including Garmin, Suunto, Amazfit and Huawei. This acquisition from Garmin will likely send ripples through the wea ...

What Next for Smart Home as a Service?

One-in-four Consumers Will Consider Buying a Smart Security Device this Year When a consumer looks to buy their next smart device, they will be looking to purchase a product with a strong element of personalisation – one that aligns with their daily routine, eliminates manual tasks and improves safety, energy efficiency and even family connections ...

Five Reasons Why AirPods with Spatial Audio Matters

At WWDC on 22nd June, the first of its kind to be a fully virtual event, the headlines will undoubtably be about the move to silicon chips in Macs and the new features of iOS14. However, there were a couple of interesting innovations surrounding AirPods, which may have gone under the radar. These features, whilst only receiving a small mention, not ...

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