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Global wearable device shipments to grow 38.2% this year: IDC

telecom | 03/18/2016 8:55 pm EDT

International Data Corp. said Thursday that global shipments of wearable devices are expected to reach 110 million by the end of 2016, with a 38.2 per cent growth over the previous year, and to reach 237 million by 2020. The research company said in a press release that “an expanding lineup of vendors combined with fast-growing consumer awareness and demand” accounts for the expected growth from 2015 to 2020. It added that the market will be driven by new and different wearable products and that watch and wristband shipments will reach a combined total of 100...

Mobile phone market slowing to 1.4% growth

telecom | 12/05/2012 7:17 pm EST

Growth of the global mobile phone market will slow to 1.4 per cent for 2012, the lowest annual growth rate in three years, research firm IDC said Tuesday. IDC said in a release it projects a record number of smartphone shipments, as a segment of mobile phones, during the 2012 holiday season. Vendors will ship more than 1.7 billion mobile phones in 2012 compared to 2.2 billion in 2016, IDC forecast. The firm said smartphone market growth is being driven partly by carriers' “steep device subsidies,” particularly in economic markets where mobile providers resell smartphones, as well as a larger selections of smartphones in emerging markets selling for less than $250 US each. "Sluggish economic conditions worldwide have cast a pall over the mobile phone market this...