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New York – There are a variety of ways tablets and smartphones can and should interact with a home’s main TV, and those mobile devices can also help in selling the experience at retail.
That was the consensus of a panel called “Selling The Second Screen at Retail,” held Thursday morning during the 2nd Screen Summit here, produced by the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance, and New Bay Media’s TWICE, Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
San Francisco — Leef Technology unveiled a portable flash drive that can be used with smartphones, tablets and computers.
The Leef Bridge has a slide-and-lock tray design with a full-sized USB connector on one side and a MicroUSB connector on the other. It is compatible with devices operating Android 4.1 or higher and can also be used with Macs.
It’s currently available in 16GB and 32GB capacities for $17.99 and $28.99 suggested retails, respectively. A 64GB version will ship in July at pricing to be announced.
Stamford, Conn. – Gartner became the latest research firm to forecast a double-digit drop in shipments and massive tablet growth for 2013.
Desktop and notebook computer shipments are set to decline 10.6 percent to 305.2 million units worldwide this year and continue falling another 5.3 percent to 289.2 million in 2014.
Meanwhile tablet shipments will grow 67.9 percent to 201.8 million in 2013 and 36.8 percent to 276.2 million next year.
Framingham, Mass. — Almost 2 billion connected devices will ship worldwide next year, according to an IDC report.
The company’s “Worldwide Quarterly Smart Connected Device Tracker” report stated that 1.7 billion connected devices (smartphones, tablets and computers) will ship by 2014. The majority of the devices, about 650 million, will ship to the BRIC nations — Brazil, Russia, India and China — while the developed markets that include the United States, U.K. and Japan will account for 400 million units.
New York — Windows and iOS-based smartphones are gaining sales share at a faster pace than Android smartphones, said research company Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
In addition, the research firm reported that Verizon Wireless and Sprint are gaining smartphone sales share at the expense of their two rivals.
Reston, Va. – The Android OS lost share among U.S. smartphone users in the three months ending March compared to the previous three-month period, and Apple gained share at a faster rate than Samsung, a comScore consumer survey found.
For the three-month period ending in March, Android’s share of smartphones in use slipped on a sequential basis by 1.4 percentage points to 52 percent while Apple’s iOS share gained 2.7 percentage points to 39 percent.
Santa Clara, Calif. – Led by tablets, touch-enabled device shipments will more than double over the next four years, according to PD DisplaySearch.
The research firm’s latest report has 762.7 million mobile PC devices shipping worldwide by 2017, up from the 367.6 million that shipped in 2012.
The spike will be fueled by an increase in demand for tablets, primarily inexpensive, white-box models in China, said Richard Shim, senior analyst with NPD DisplaySearch.
Washington D.C. – The growth rate of wireless-carrier revenues accelerated in 2012, CTIA-The Wireless Association found in its semi-annual carrier survey.
The CTIA said this was due to continued growth in cellular subscriber connections and because average revenues per unit rose following a four-year slide.
Hampshire, U.K. — Worldwide smartphone shipments jumped 30 percent in the first quarter of 2013, reaching almost 200 million, according to Juniper Research.
The analyst firm said Samsung accounted for 34 percent of all smartphones, with 68 million shipped in the quarter, while Apple shipped 37.4 million. LG shipped 10.3 million, its highest ever quarter, Juniper said.