Archive | Consumer electronics

Will “Surge S1” Make Xiaomi Surge Again?

Given recent activity by smartphone suppliers, it appears that independence from chip suppliers might be the preferred strategy for building international market share. The up-and-coming Xiaomi recently lost its top domestic market share. The company is changing its design and manufacturing plans in hopes of gaining back that share, as well as making headway into […]

Is History Repeating Itself in Japan?

One of the starkest trends in the consumer electronics industry over the past 15 years has been the collapse of Japan’s once mighty TV industry. Formerly iconic brands with immense global reach have shriveled in the face of intense pressure from South Korea’s one-two punch of LG and Samsung and a glut of low-cost competition, […]

The Technology Forest: Don’t Get Lost in the Woods

Believe it or not, there is a somewhat timely pattern to the historical disruption caused by technology advances. Let’s call the individual technology advances the trees, and the profound business and societal impacts from those advances the forest. Individually, these advances may not do much to challenge the status quo, but together, in a compressed […]

Why Google, Not Amazon, Will Win the Smart Home War

Every new technology brings with it a clash of competing standards, formats and operating systems. Veteran observers can recount the (rhetorically) bloody battles pitting Betamax against VHS, HD-DVD against Blu-ray, DVD-A vs. Super Audio CD, Mac vs. PC—we could go on. The format wars, as they’re colloquially called, are by no means over. There are […]

Many Monstrous Notes at CES 2017

While wandering around CES 2017, I was reminded of that scene in Amadeus, in which the Emperor Joseph II decides that the new opera by Mozart had “too many notes.” (The actual quote is “monstrous many notes” and referred to Mozart’s “The Abduction from the Seraglio,” but I digress.) That’s what I felt about CES—monstrous […]

Chinese Mobile Makers’ App Store Strategy

How have Chinese smartphone makers, such as Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo and ZTE, been able to compete in the domestic Chinese market at lower price points than those of international brands like Apple and Samsung? Local suppliers and service providers are vying for millions of consumer purchases—specifically, high-quality, feature-rich devices at relatively low prices. They must […]

The Chinese are Coming, the Chinese are Coming

Seven months ago, I reported on fifth wave of regional TV manufacturing dominance, the first wave from the U.S., the second from Japan, the third from Europe, the fourth from Korea and, now, the fifth, potentially from China. At least one Chinese TV vendor, Hisense, seems poised to try and make me look prescient. As […]

Video Recording Formats: Are We Done Yet?

While attending a corporate video shoot last week, I was a taken back by the recording gear sitting atop the videographer’s two tripods: not sophisticated prosumer models from Canon or Sony, not a couple of standard consumer beer can-style camcorders, not even a pair of GoPros. No, what these professional video makers were using to […]

Android Poised to Dominate in Emerging Markets

With the smartphone market looking to emerging markets for growth now that most developed markets have reached saturation, the Android OS is positioned to further dominate in these markets much the same way Microsoft dominates the computer business. The flexibility to develop devices at multiple price points and feature sets, as well as to customize […]

How TV Manufacturers Can Get to an OLED Future

Recent trends on display at both the IFA 2016 electronics show in Berlin, IBC 2016 in Amsterdam,  and CEDIA Expo 2016 in Dallas showed that large-screen televisions based on organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology are in for significant revenue and unit growth as multiple vendors  enter the market. Meanwhile, new OLED production technologies are […]