Archive | Smartphones

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 One Arena Apple Still Rules

With iPhone sales seemingly hitting a plateau, many pundits have taken to bemoaning the Tim Cook era. But whatever one thinks about the future of Apple under Cook’s leadership, there is one area where Apple continues to hold an unquestionable lead: mobile video consumption. In a recent survey, the Streaming Video Alliance found that 47.42 […]

The Two Big Questions Facing the Virtual Reality Camera Market

While the traditional digital still camera market continues its slow, smartphone-induced decline, a new camera category has reared its head: the 360-degree/VR camera. 2016 has served as a coming out party, of sorts, for 360-degree imaging as major brands such as Samsung, GoPro and Nikon threw their collective hats into the ring, alongside a host […]

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 […]

What the Olympics Tells Us About the Future of Broadcast TV

The Rio Olympics have come and gone. Several swimmers aside, the U.S. unquestionably had a stellar Olympic games, capturing the lion’s share of medals. But while athletes and coaches will be picking apart their performances for weeks to come, TV analysts have turned their eye to another post-mortem: How were the ratings? The short answer: […]

Japanese Electronic Giants Then and Now

Once upon a time, Japanese companies like Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba and Sharp were the giants of the consumer electronics business. Years of ascendance of Samsung, LG and now Chinese manufacturers has resulted in a significantly shrinking consumer-electronics market for the premium Japanese brands. An analysis of DTC’s historical worldwide market-share estimates for digital TVs is […]

Why Aren’t There 21st Century Flip Phones?

Apparently by the 23d century, we’ll have returned to flipping flip phones. We know this because in the current blockbuster Star Trek Beyond, the intrepid crew of the USS Enterprise employs communicators with lids that have to be flipped up to operate—subspace radio gear still must be pretty bulky in 2260. A couple of years […]

Why Smartphones are the Initial Products on HEVC Rollout Timeline

Nearly three years since the first HEVC smartphone was launched, the mobile phone industry is driving the high volumes of devices that operate with HEVC/H.265. You might not know it given all the focus on HEVC’s enabling of UHD products and services. The mobile industry moves a lot more smartphones than the consumer electronics industry […]

India: The Smartphone Vendor’s New Land

As the smartphone tsunami makes its way around the world, India is rapidly replacing China as smartphone suppliers’ favorite shore. Although China remains the leader in terms of smartphone shipments, the highest growth rate is coming from India with no near-term slowdown anticipated. Just like in China, suppliers are a mix-up of international and local […]

Is the Future of the Camera Market in the Sky?

The travails of the digital camera market have been well documented by DTC’s own Stewart Wolpin. With consumer photography being cannibalized by smartphones, camera makers have largely decided that their future lies in differentiation and innovation, particularly targeting the high end of the market where enthusiasts and professionals are seeking quality and capability that can’t […]