"mobile" articles

Yesterday, Comcast officially unveiled its wireless ambition . It now offers a mobile service featuring unlimited voice and data starting from $45 per month (other non-unlimited data plan options are available). Our quick takes are as follows: 1.       It is a small step forward but may imply bigger moves in the future : right now, Comcast’s mobile plans are only for its existing customers, and it discounts heavily for its high ARPU customers—for...
 
by Harry Wang | Apr. 7, 2017
Tags: mobile, smartphones, Wi-Fi
Samsung’s new Gear VR headset and motion controller that it announced at Samsung’s Unpacked event are exactly what Samsung needs to remain at the top of the mobile VR space. Samsung already boasts a majority of advantages when Gear VR is compared to competitors such as Google Daydream and other mobile VR viewers. Gear VR was the first major VR headset available on the market, and it also benefitted from Samsung’s marketing, demos, and promotion throughout its lifecycle, which...
 
by Hunter Sappington | Mar. 30, 2017
Tags: connected CE, mobile, virtual reality, wearable
The traditional watch market faces two forms of competition from the CE space. First, the ubiquity of smartphones decreases the need for a separate timepiece. Second, the smart watch category challenges the traditional watch segment directly. Shipments of Swiss-made watches fell by over 14% from July 2015 to July 2016, and traditional watch sales declined across all price categories. Recent Parks Associates research assessed the impact of smart watches on the traditional watch...
 
by Jennifer Kent | Mar. 15, 2017
Tags: Apple, apps, mobile, smart watch, smartphone, wearable
Many autonomous car developers use multiple sensors in their test cars—optical sensors, radars, LiDAR, and ultrasonic sensors. Each sensor has advantages over others. Optical sensors can detect lane markings and changing traffic lights. Radar can travel under vehicles in order to detect objects that would be obscured by other cars, and radar performs well in rain and complete darkness. LiDAR can, more accurately than other sensors, detect the presence of objects to create a 3D map with...
 
by Chris Tweedt | Feb. 21, 2017
Tags: connected cars, mobile
On February 8th, Verizon moved to introduce its new—and first—smart watch, the Wear24 . The Wear24 is one of the first Android Wear 2.0 devices. Its standout feature is that it offers LTE connectivity, and is capable of making and receiving calls and texts without being paired to a nearby smartphone. (You still need to have a phone on Verizon's network, though.) Like the LG Watch Sport—another Wear 2.0 device, developed by LG in partnership with Google—the Wear24 offers...
 
by Kristen Hanich | Feb. 16, 2017
Tags: mobile, operator, smart watch, wearable
This is an interesting time to be in music streaming. Competition is rife, and the margins are thin. The largest players are either unicorns in search of profitability (i.e., Spotify, Pandora) or tech giants looking to lock consumers into their ecosystem (Apple, Google, Amazon). Smaller players are increasingly looking at ways to differentiate and stay afloat. For example, Sprint recently announced that it is acquiring one-third of TIDAL, a rebranding of the Norwegian WiMP service...
We recently released a complimentary whitepaper examining the top trends in the connected home, health, and mobile industries. Top 10 Consumer IoT Trends in 2017 , which features insight from Parks Associates’ analyst team, examines key topics driving growth and monetization of the IoT. Consumerization of healthcare services and devices drives integration with smart home ecosystems and new business models. Connected healthcare is taking a more prominent role in the...
Many auto industry players are preparing for consumers to shift their attitudes toward car ownership. The thought is that in the future, a greater percentage of consumers will lose interest in owning a car and will instead opt to use ride sharing services like Uber as a substitute for ever owning a car. The change in attitude toward car ownership is, many maintain, the future of mobility. At auto industry conferences, the future of mobility is a hot topic of discussion, as is how to deal...
 
by Chris Tweedt | Dec. 29, 2016
Tags: apps, connected cars, millennials, mobile

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