Analysis

Fintech Startups Hit $121.7 Billion in Total Funding

Fintech Startups Hit $121.7 Billion in Total Funding

5 Mar 2021 comment

Recent years have witnessed a surge in the number of fintech investments, with record funding levels and rising valuations.

2020 EMEA Smartphone Market Posts Weakest Results in Six Years

2020 EMEA Smartphone Market Posts Weakest Results in Six Years

5 Mar 2021 comment

The Europe, Middle East, and Africa smartphone market recorded its weakest performance in six years in 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis, according to IDC.

EMEA PC Market Set for its Strongest Growth on Record in 1Q21

EMEA PC Market Set for its Strongest Growth on Record in 1Q21

4 Mar 2021 comment

Shipments of traditional PCs in EMEA region will total 96.4 million in 2021, a 16.0% YoY growth, according to IDC.

Over 570 Million Smart Electricity Meters Expected in Asian Markets by 2025

Over 570 Million Smart Electricity Meters Expected in Asian Markets by 2025

3 Mar 2021 comment

572.3 million smart electricity meters will be deployed in China, India, Japan and South Korea during 2021–2025, according to Berg Insight.

Global Market for Technical Consumer Goods Turns Positive in 2020

Global Market for Technical Consumer Goods Turns Positive in 2020

2 Mar 2021 comment

The global market for technical consumer goods (excluding North America) displayed resilience to COVID-19 pandemic with a value growth of +2 percent in the full year, according to GfK.

Digital-Only Banks in Consideration by over Half of US Consumers

Digital-Only Banks in Consideration by over Half of US Consumers

1 Mar 2021 comment

More than 50% of US consumers wanting to change banks would consider a digital-only bank, with the same finding reflected in a similar UK survey, according to Juniper Research.

True Wireless Stereo Headset Sales Surge 90 Percent in 2020

True Wireless Stereo Headset Sales Surge 90 Percent in 2020

28 Feb 2021 comment

Strategy Analytics forecasts total global Bluetooth headset sales volume of over 300 million units in 2020.

European Smartphone Market Down 14 Percent in 2020

European Smartphone Market Down 14 Percent in 2020

27 Feb 2021 comment

2020 was a rollercoaster year for the European smartphone market, according to Counterpoint Research.

Attacks on Industries Supporting COVID-19 Response Efforts Double

Attacks on Industries Supporting COVID-19 Response Efforts Double

26 Feb 2021 comment

IBM Security released the 2021 X-Force Threat Intelligence Index highlighting how cyberattacks evolved in 2020.

Biometrics to Secure over $3 Trillion in Mobile Payments by 2025

Biometrics to Secure over $3 Trillion in Mobile Payments by 2025

26 Feb 2021 comment

Biometrics will authenticate over $3 trillion of payment transactions in 2025, from just $404 billion in 2020, according to Juniper Research.

iPhone Gaining Market Share in US, but Losing in UK

iPhone Gaining Market Share in US, but Losing in UK

25 Feb 2021 comment

The iPhone 12’s strong performance so far has led eMarketer to increase its projections for users in the US for 2021 and beyond.

Smartphone Sales Declined Five Percent in 4Q20

Smartphone Sales Declined Five Percent in 4Q20

24 Feb 2021 comment

Global sales of smartphones to end users declined 5.4% in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to Gartner.

eCommerce in China Will Surpass Half of Retail Sales

eCommerce in China Will Surpass Half of Retail Sales

20 Feb 2021 comment

China will take a step in its digital transformation this year that once would have seemed almost unthinkable, according to eMarketer.

Google Play Hit 108.5 Billion Downloads and $38.6 Billion in Revenue in 2020

Google Play Hit 108.5 Billion Downloads and $38.6 Billion in Revenue in 2020

19 Feb 2021 comment

As one of the two largest distribution channels for mobile apps, Google Play has witnessed new records in revenue and the number of downloads.

Digital Wallet Spend to Exceed $10 Trillion Globally in 2025

Digital Wallet Spend to Exceed $10 Trillion Globally in 2025

19 Feb 2021 comment

Total spend via digital wallets will exceed $10 trillion in 2025, up from $5.5 trillion in 2020, according to Juniper Research.

Demand for Robotic Goods-to-Person Systems Will Quadruple Through 2023

Demand for Robotic Goods-to-Person Systems Will Quadruple Through 2023

18 Feb 2021 comment

Through 2023, demand for robotic goods-to-person (G2P) systems will quadruple to help enforce social distancing in warehouses, according to Gartner.

Public Cloud IT Infrastructure Revenue Growth Remained Strong in 3Q20

Public Cloud IT Infrastructure Revenue Growth Remained Strong in 3Q20

17 Feb 2021 comment

Vendor revenue from sales of IT infrastructure products for cloud environments, including public and private cloud, increased 9.4% year over year in the third quarter of 2020 (3Q20), according to IDC.

Large Education Rollouts Continue Driving the Tablet Market in EMEA

Large Education Rollouts Continue Driving the Tablet Market in EMEA

16 Feb 2021 comment

The tablet market in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region totaled 14.6 million units in 4Q20, growing 11.7% YoY, according to IDC.

Five Digital Competencies Finance Teams Will Need to Reach Their Goals in 2021

Five Digital Competencies Finance Teams Will Need to Reach Their Goals in 2021

15 Feb 2021 comment

CFOs will fail to realize the full value of new technology investments unless their staff are equipped with five key digital competencies which are most crucial for delivering high business impact, according to Gartner.

Tech Innovation Required to Fill Gap in Indoor Navigation for Blind

Tech Innovation Required to Fill Gap in Indoor Navigation for Blind

13 Feb 2021 comment

Navigating alone around indoor places such as malls, train stations and airports, is difficult unless the individual is very familiar with their surroundings, according to Strategy Analitics.

Mobile Roaming Subscribers to Reach 918 Million Globally by 2024

Mobile Roaming Subscribers to Reach 918 Million Globally by 2024

12 Feb 2021 comment

The number of international roaming subscribers dropped by 73% to 243 million globally in 2020; caused by travel restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Juniper Research.

Smart Homes Will Reach 179 million in Europe and North America in 2024

Smart Homes Will Reach 179 million in Europe and North America in 2024

11 Feb 2021 comment

The number of smart homes in Europe and North America reached 102.6 million in 2020, according to new research from Berg Insight.

Gaming, Remote Work Drove Record Notebook PC Demand

Gaming, Remote Work Drove Record Notebook PC Demand

10 Feb 2021 comment

As remote working and e-learning continues worldwide, demand for Notebook PCs was at its highest ever in 4Q20, driving 54% year-on-year growth for notebook shipments, according to Strategy Analytics.

Apple and Samsung Extended Lead as Top Semiconductor Customers in 2020

Apple and Samsung Extended Lead as Top Semiconductor Customers in 2020

10 Feb 2021 comment

Apple remained the No. 1 semiconductor chip buyer in 2020, representing 11.9% of the total worldwide market, according to preliminary results from Gartner.

RCS Messaging Users Will Reach 3.9 Billion by 2025

RCS Messaging Users Will Reach 3.9 Billion by 2025

9 Feb 2021 comment

The global number of users of RCS (Rich Communication Services) messaging will reach 3.9 billion by 2025; rising from 1.2 billion in 2020, according to Juniper Research.

Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue Grew 7.3 Percent in 2020

Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue Grew 7.3 Percent in 2020

9 Feb 2021 comment

Following a decline of 12% in 2019, worldwide semiconductor revenue rebounded in 2020 to total $449.8 billion, according to Gartner.

Global Refurbished Smartphone Market Fell 9 Percent in 2020

Global Refurbished Smartphone Market Fell 9 Percent in 2020

8 Feb 2021 comment

The global refurbished smartphone market fell 9% in 2020, according to Counterpoint Research.

Dematerialization Is the Path to Profitability and Sustainability

Dematerialization Is the Path to Profitability and Sustainability

7 Feb 2021 comment

Ericsson Consumer & IndustryLab reports that dematerialized enterprises expect to leverage cloud and mobile technology to become more productive and sustainable by 2030.

Employee Well-being is Major Priority for Many CEOs

Employee Well-being is Major Priority for Many CEOs

6 Feb 2021 comment

A new IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) study revealed a top challenge for many surveyed CEOs over the next few years is managing an "anywhere" workforce.

Global Cybersecurity Market Expected to Grow in 2021

Global Cybersecurity Market Expected to Grow in 2021

5 Feb 2021 comment

Cybersecurity spending will increase 10.0% worldwide in the best-case scenario in 2021, according to Canalys forecast.