Apple has remained the leader in tablet market share, with Samsung till in second, while Lenovo has emerged as a strong third place contender, according to market research numbers released by ABI Research Wednesday.
Shipments of wearable computing devices are seen reaching 90 million units worldwide this year, according to research published this week by ABI Research.
Digital speakers make a source our of your smartphone, laptop, or tablet, making a shared experience out of your personal audio files. The digital speaker market—portable speakers, speakers with docks, sound bars, and network audio systems—is expected to grow from over 47 million units in 2013 to nearly 61 million by 2018, with portable speakers representing over half of the market by the end of the forecast window, according to ABI Research.
The percentage of North American households equipped with Ultra HD/4K TV will cross 10 percent in 2018, according to a projection released Wednesday by ABI Research.
Industry analysts have been predicting the proliferation of smart, connected homes for more than 20 years. But up until now, no cool product or service has moved the needle toward mass adoption. The percentage of U.S. homes with some type of home automation or smart grid system is still less than two percent.
No major CE company has yet introduced a smartwatch, but everyone from Apple to Google to Microsoft is supposedly working on one. That's why ABI Research has forecasted that 1.2 million of the devices will be shipped worldwide this year.
The CE industry will ship 150 million tablets this year, gaining revenues of $64 billion, a 28 percent increase over 2012, according to numbers released last week by ABI Research.
ABI predicts a Wii U price reduction in 2013 and the next generation of consoles from Microsoft and Sony will boost 2013 sales; provided Microsoft and Sony launch new consoles in time to meet holiday demand and can keep prices near $350.
Over five billion wireless connectivity chips will ship in 2013, according to ABI Research, as our appetite for everything mobile continues to grow. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are both growing, of course, but so are lesser-known specs such as Zigbee, UWB, and, yes, even NFC.
Most of those five billion chips won't be in phones, as tablets, sensors, cameras, lightbulbs, refrigerators, and more increasingly get connected to the Internet.
I talked to Peter Cooney, a wireless analyst with ABI, just before the the research company's London offices closed for the Christmas long weekend.