@elctrnx_Iyf, True, there's already a record decline in the sale of PC desk top and laptops. Whilst tablets and smartphones sales are on the increase. It has been forecasted that 2012 will witness a further increase in mobile operating systems market.
Jacob, The patent war remains a distraction for all the players in the market. Yes, it is possible some infringements have occurred and these need to be resolved but it's not going to hobble competitors that much. Based on everything that's been reported so far, the combatants, whether they win or lose in patent court, only have to slightly modify their products and they are back in the market.
Dave, It's a complicated situation for consumers and service providers alike. OEMs in the consumer electronics sector make their money from volume shipment and not simply by charging higher margins -- the days of lofty margins are going fast. So, as you observed, the more products proliferate, the better for manufacturers and their service partners. Many of these are licking their chops everytime they tell us we should get our systems and household equipment hooked up to the web. My newest printer is wireless, which is convenient but did I really need for it to be wireless? It was available in the store at the same price as tethered printers so I got. Now, I have a printer on which I can read the news on its tiny screen!
@Anna, many if not all of the major carriers are now looking seriously into M2M and embedded device connectivity.People can switch carriers pretty easily today and just transfer their numbers and get a new mobile phone, but with embedded devices the amount of devices is more numerous and they are part of a much needed solution making it harder for the customers to jump ship from the carriers and the potential for ongoing business will be typically a lot more than the usual cell phone contracts too.
@Dave, you are absolutely correct. This is why the likes of AT&T,Verizon, Sprint and T-mobile have tapped into this segment. There is vast market potential in M2M embedded cellular - based consumer electronics such as e.readers,digital photo frames,netbooks, home security monitoring and navugation device.
What's more it is forecasted that m2m cellular connections will triple by 2014 to 75million.
@Jacob, I read that too. That is good news for Samsung. I don't think that's going to be the end of the patent war. IDC, in its report, predicted that the next high tech products war will be in the communications area. The outlook is that the large tech companies have got battles on their hands. We are going to see more upstarts company competing with the long established ones. So I foresee more courtroom drama in the coming year. What's your thoughts?
I was asking myself the same question. It would appear that the general population is considering tablets to be completely separate from PCs. Yes they both have some differences, some good and some bad, but they are both PCs, the tablets just being more portable.
Ann, yesterday Samsung wins a patent war against apple in Australia and the ban for galaxy tab has been removed. I think this is the first time Samsung winning against Apple. More over I had read that they had filed a case against Apple 4S in Australian court. So I think the mobility patent war is going to be heaten 2010
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Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.