Facebook and Personal Sharing Decline, Continued PC Decline, Blackberry’s Last Stand

Facebook and Personal Sharing Decline Some interesting, yet not surprising, usage data on Facebook users has surfaced. According to the Information and then picked up by Bloomberg, Facebook users are sharing less personal information on...

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Ben Bajarin / April 12th, 2016
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Unpacked: Snapchat Rising

For whatever reason, over the past few months I’ve observed Snapchat gaining popularity. Between a blend of a noticeable number of people I follow on Twitter saying they are now on Snapchat and friends and...

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Ben Bajarin / April 8th, 2016
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Huawei’s New Smartphones, Samsung’s Q1 2016 Revenue Beat, What Apple Can Learn

Huawei came out of the gate swinging in 2016 with a new lineup of flagship devices designed specifically to start to move their brand into the premium tier. These new smartphones are loaded on paper...

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Ben Bajarin / April 7th, 2016
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Intel’s Executive Shake Up, Apple’s Challenge in India, Twitter to Stream NFL

Anytime a big iconic company has executive turnover or reshuffling, people take note. Yesterday, Intel did just that with some very senior executive movements at the company. There are many ways to interpret this, from...

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Ben Bajarin / April 6th, 2016
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Unpacked: Wearable Tech Adoption

Toward the end of last year, the consensus research suggested wearable penetration in the US was around 20%. In early February, a study we conducted suggested the number had risen to 23% and our most...

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Ben Bajarin / April 1st, 2016
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Spotify Raises Debt, AT&T Embraces Cyanogen, Microsoft and the Bot Era

It seems Spotify has raised a ~$1 billion round of debt financing. Whether this move is because the investments needed to compete with Apple are significant or a fundamentally different issue is not known. However,...

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Ben Bajarin / March 31st, 2016
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Unpacked: Digital India

I’ve been studying the Indian market for consumer tech for a little over two years now. We have been keeping a close eye on the digital transformation happening in India with the rise of millions...

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Ben Bajarin / March 25th, 2016
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Intel Retires Tick-Tock, Apple’s Focus on the Cloud, The Fallacy of Apple Revolutionary

Intel Retires Tick-Tock An entirely predictable news item came out yesterday. Intel plans to shift away from their Tick-Tock method and extend the life of current generation process technology to what is likely to be...

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Ben Bajarin / March 24th, 2016
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Apple in the “Post-Mature Consumer” Era

The era of hyper growth in smartphones and tablets is over. Which also means the land grab for global consumers is largely over. The most important dynamic facing Apple today is a maturing installed base...

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Ben Bajarin / March 22nd, 2016
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Podcast: Game Developer Conference, Virtual Reality expectants, and Apple Event Preview

Tim Bajarin, Jan Dawson, and Ben Bajarin discuss the game developers conference and uptick in virtual reality interest. They also dive into their thoughts on the upcoming Apple event on Monday. If you happen to … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / March 19th, 2016
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Unpacked: Percentage of TV Viewing Online vs. Offline

Unquestionably, behaviours are changing with regards to how we consume content once reserved for the TV. Every quarter we capture quite a lot of data around online and standard/linear TV viewing time and can see...

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Ben Bajarin / March 18th, 2016
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Google and Facebook’s Battle for Virtual Reality and Apple’s Entrance

Between a recent virtual reality/augmented reality study I did and a host of conversations and demos I’ve had at the Game Developer and VR Developer Summit this week, I have been able to form some...

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Ben Bajarin / March 17th, 2016
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Unpacked: Offline vs. Online Shopping Mindsets

I’m seeing an interesting trend with regard to the mind of the online shopper vs. the offline shopper. What I’m about to explain has deep implications for what the future of retail looks like. E-commerce...

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Ben Bajarin / March 11th, 2016
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Android N, Samsung’s Last Stand, Rough Q1 for iPhones

Google gave a handful of blogs a preview of their new Android N operating system. Amongst the two best guesses I have seen for what N will stand for is Nutella and Neopolitan. I’m voting...

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Ben Bajarin / March 10th, 2016
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Predicting the Markets Apple will Disrupt Next

I’m admittedly using the headline as a bit of click-bait. But it is absolutely applicable to Apple. I believe many markets are on their short list to disrupt, for a specific reason I will explain....

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Ben Bajarin / March 8th, 2016
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Wearables can Drive the Digital Health Movement

The more I study the consumer landscape for wearables, the more I’m convinced the wrong narratives are circulating about their value. Because the market is so young, most of the use cases being presented skew … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / March 7th, 2016
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Unpacked: Consumer Security Awareness and Apple vs. the FBI

Over the past few weeks, many companies have been running consumer polls to see if the public is behind the Apple or the FBI. Given the fact we know consumer education on this matter is...

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Ben Bajarin / March 4th, 2016
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Dual-Lens Cameras and a New High End iPhone

The rumor mill is alive and well discussing some research analyst notes around the alleged dual camera feature for the new iPhone 7 this fall. It appears the rumors are looking at three variants for...

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Ben Bajarin / March 3rd, 2016
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The Amazingly Elusive Non-Smartphone Owner

The non-smartphone owner — you know who I’m talking about. You may even know or be related to one of these people. You may even be one yourself. We spot them every now and then … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / March 2nd, 2016
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The Future of Video: Snapchat vs. Twitter vs. Facebook

It appears a battle is brewing between Snapchat, Twitter, and the Facebook family of apps. The battle will be for eyeballs on video content on these platforms. Snapchat’s CEO Evan Spiegel re-enforced some statistics about...

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Ben Bajarin / March 1st, 2016
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Unpacked: iPhone Sentiment from Android and Windows Phone Users

I recently conducted a study trying to understand smartphone platform loyalty. My goal was to seek out some insights on what keeps people with a platform and what are the catalysts to make them switch...

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Ben Bajarin / February 26th, 2016
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Intel’s Bet: All in on Process Technology

It is hard to watch everything going on at Mobile World Congress and not sense the missing force in computing that is Intel. The charts I posted yesterday showing the growing mobile landscape and the...

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Ben Bajarin / February 25th, 2016
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The End of Standardized Platforms

Historians of the technology industry observed a pattern that was predictable with regards to new computing platforms. In the early days of a computing segment, like mainframes, minis, and desktops, there was a great deal … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / February 24th, 2016
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Fitbit Earnings and Wearable Market Insights

As many of us suspected, Fitbit had a great quarter. They’ve announced they sold 8.2 million wearables and had $712 million dollars in revenue. I had estimated 7.5 million shipments in the quarter and an...

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Ben Bajarin / February 23rd, 2016
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Unpacked: Wearable Tech Ownership

I recently completed a “first half of 2016” wearable technology study. I sought out to understand many things related to this space, including purchase drivers, whether the product purchased met or exceeded expectations, why people...

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Ben Bajarin / February 19th, 2016
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