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Phablets Shipments Expected to Hit 1 Billion Units by 2021

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 International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, has predicted that overall smartphone shipments will steadily grow from 1.5 billion units in 2017 to 1.7 billion units in 2021.

 

They also said that, phablets (smartphones with a screen size of 5.5 inches to <7 inches) will far outpace total market growth by climbing from 611 million units in 2017 to 1 billion units in 2021, representing a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.1%.

 

In comparison, the total smartphone market is expected to grow at a 3.0% CAGR during the same period, while normal smartphones (under 5.5 inches) will decline 7.4%.

 

Overall, IDC lowered its previous forecast for 2018-2021 by 1.1%-1.5%, depending on the year.

 

The largest changes came in the China and Middle East & Africa regions, which are still expected to grow through 2021.

 

Android-based phablets have been the primary driver of large-screen smartphones and IDC expects this trend to continue in the years to come.

 

Samsung’s early dominance of the phablet category has been short lived as other Original equipment manufacturers(OEMs), many of which are Chinese OEMs, quickly pushed the category into the mainstream and even low end.

 

As a result, China consumed 50% of the 437.4 million phablets shipped in 2016.

 

IDC expects China will remain the largest market for large-screen smartphones and to grow at a CAGR of 12.6%.

 

Ryan Reith, program vice president with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers said that,”In 2012, phablets were just 1% of smartphone shipments and now they are approaching 50% of the market just a few years later,”

 

“The rapid transition to bezel-less smartphones will help minimize the device footprint while growing the screen size from previous generations.

 

“Consumers continue to consume more video entertainment, gaming, social media, and other data-heavy applications on their smartphones making the display size and type a critical factor in smartphone buying decisions.”

 

Apple has also made a massive push into the phablet space and IDC expects its Plus and X devices to account for 41.2% of its shipment volume in 2017 and 50% or more of Apple’s iPhone shipments in 2018.

 

If the recent rumors of new, larger screen iPhones in 2018 hold true, then this number will likely grow further as a share of its overall shipment volume.

 

According to Anthony Scarsella, research manager with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. “There is no doubt that 2017 gave birth to the new ultra high-end segment of the smartphone market,”

 

“The latest flagship devices from Samsung, Apple, Google, LG, and others has pushed the high end to the $850-plus level for the first time.

 

“Despite these price hikes, consumers look as if they are willing to swallow the cost just to have the latest and greatest device in their pockets.

 

“Although many consumers may not be able to afford these devices in more price sensitive markets, programs such as device financing combined with trade-in policies are making these devices more attainable to buyers in a number of markets.

 

“This growth at the ultra high end translates to higher average selling prices (ASPs) for smartphones throughout the forecast period.

 

“By 2021, the last year of our forecast, smartphones will reach an ASP of $317, up from $282 in 2016, representing a CAGR of 2.3%.”

 

Highlights of various Platforms shows that Android-powered smartphones have already captured 85% of total market volume and IDC expects this share to remain relatively stable throughout the forecast.

 

What has changed is the vendor landscape with OEMs that have more market history feeling intense pressure from a range of up and coming vendors focused on tight inventory control and new go-to-market strategies.

 

Despite Android smartphones having such a high share of the market, volumes are still expected to grow from 1.3 billion in 2017 to 1.5 billion in 2021, which represents a five-year CAGR of 3.2%.

 

Apple’s launch of the iPhone 8/8+ and X in late 2017 set the company up to return to iPhone volume growth in 2017.

 

IDC expects an even bigger rebound in 2018 as channels fill up with inventory of the new models and as price cuts around earlier models enable it to hit lower price points.

 

Coming off the 7% decline in iPhone shipments in 2016, IDC is forecasting growth of 2.4% in 2017 and 8.1% in 2018.

 

IDC also projects sustained growth for Apple through the later years of the forecast with volumes growing at a five-year CAGR of 3.1%.

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NIGCOMSAT Takes on DStv, TStv with New DTH Services

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Nigerian Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Ltd in partnership with China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) on Thursday in Abuja launched Direct-to-Home (DTH) services.

 

DTH refers to distribution of multi-channel television programmes in KU Band by using satellite system by providing TV signals direct to subscribers’ premises.

 

Mr Adamu Idris, head, Public Affairs Department of NIGCOMSAT, stated that with the launch of DTH, NIGCOMSAT aired programmes of its first commercial customer, OVY Network, a Botswana-based startup DTH operator.

 

He noted that NIGCOMSAT, in partnership with the satellite manufacturer, CGWIC, completed a world-class head-end system composed of main stream hardware and software obtained from the U.S., Singapore and China.

 

He added that “after over six months of intensive testing, optimising and trial services, the system integrator will provide 24-hour, 7 days a week technical support.

 

“The NIGCOMSAT DTH system is capable of providing commercial broadcasting services to Nigeria and all countries within its coverage, from Senegal in the West to Namibia in the South.”

 

The public affairs head stated that the NIGCOMSAT DTH system may offer new solution for the Digital Switch Over Programme in Nigeria, using the DTT platform.

 

It is a technological evolution of broadcast television and advancement over analogue television which broadcasts land-based (terrestrial) signals.

 

The deadline for digital switch over using terrestrial measure appeared difficult to meet, judging by the time and resources required to build ground facilities and the huge maintenance cost, Idris noted.

 

He, however, added that “the challenge may be mitigated with NIGCOMSAT DTH services, using NigComSat-1R satellite, as programmes can be broadcast in urban and remote areas across the country.”

 

Idris quoted Mr George Kavameje, chief executive officer, OVY Network, as saying “I am excited to partner with Nigeria’s NIGCOMSAT and China’s CGWIC to reach people in Sub-Saharan Africa with premium content, using NigComSat-1R satellite.”

 

He stated that a high level government delegation had earlier visited NIGCOMSAT DTH Centre following the setup of system and expressed optimism on the role of NIGCOMSAT in supporting the Digital Switch Over.

 

Mr Adebayo Shittu, minister of Communications, had urged the Ministry of Information and Culture, and related Ministries, Departments and Agencies to, in line with the Executive Order for Local Content, consider the indigenous capacity that NIGCOMSAT offer.

 

According to him, NIGCOMSAT has been developed to serve the broadcast and communication needs of businesses.

 

The minister said “we are ready and capable of providing quality services to both  public and private sectors in Nigeria.”

 

Shittu also urged DTH and Telecom operators to patronise Nigerian satellite services. (NAN)

 

 

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Activities of Cybercriminals up by 11.5% from 2016 – Kaspersky Lab

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Kaspersky Lab’s in-lab detection technologies shows that the number of new malicious files processed by cybercriminals has reached 360,000 a day in 2017, which is 11.5% more than the previous year.

 

After a slight decrease in 2015, the number of malicious files detected every day is growing for the second year in the row.

The number of daily detected malicious files reflects the average activity of cybercriminals involved in the creation and distribution of malware.

 

This figure was calculated for the first time in 2011 and totaled 70,000 at that time.

Since then it has grown five-fold, and as the 2017 data shows, it is still increasing.

Most of the files identified as dangerous fall into the malware category (78%).

 

However, viruses – whose prevalence significantly dropped 5-7 years ago, due to their complex development and low efficiency – still constitute 14% of daily detections.

The remaining files are advertising software, which is not considered malicious by default, but in many instances, can cause private information exposure and other risks.

 

Protection against this kind of threat is essential for better user experience.

Approximately 20,000 of all dangerous files detected daily, are identified by Astraea, Kaspersky Lab’s machine-learning malware analysis system, which identifies and blocks malware automatically.

Vyacheslav Zakorzhevsky, Head of Anti-Malware Team at Kaspersky Lab said,“In 2015, we witnessed a visible drop in daily detections and even started thinking that new malware could be less important for criminals, who have instead shifted their attention towards reusing old malware.

 

“However, over the last two years the number of new malware we discovered has been growing, which is a sign that interest in creating new malicious code has been revived.

 

“The explosive increase in ransomware attacks over the last couple of years is only set to continue, as there is a huge criminal ecosystem behind this type of threat, producing hundreds of new samples every day.

 

“This year, we have also seen a spike in miners – a class of malware that cybercriminals have started to use actively, in light of the ongoing rise in cryptocurrencies.

 

“The reason for the increase in detections could also be attributed to the constant improvements we are making in our protection technologies.

 

“With every new upgrade, we can identify more malware than before and this could account for a rise in numbers

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Accenture Releases Fjord Trends 2018

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Analyzing the pressing forces acting internally and externally on organizations and society, Accenture has released Fjord Trends 2018.

 

Its 11th annual report examines seven emergent trends expected to impact business, technology and design in the year ahead.

 

Rapid technological advancements are altering the world we live in today, provoking both wonder and angst about the possibilities.

 

Whether it’s artificial intelligence, computer vision or blockchain, emerging technologies are uprooting the digital and physical experiences of our everyday lives.

 

These joint forces are simultaneously creating optimism and concern about the unprecedented wave of change that is unfolding.

 

“Each of our 2018 trends is born out of a fundamental tension — be it a shift, a collision or a parting of ways,” said Mark Curtis, co-founder and chief client officer at Fjord. “Digital versus physical, human versus machine, centralized versus decentralized, speed versus craft, automation versus control, traceability versus anonymity. Winners in 2018 will be those who best navigate these tensions and seize the opportunity to collectively design the world we’ll be living in.”

 

Fjord Trends 2018 suggests how organizations can navigate these currents and design for positive change. It examines seven trends expected to shape the next generation of experiences:

 

Physical Fights Back: Digital has had the limelight long enough – there are two brand experience headliners now. The time has come to blend the digital with the physical.

 

Computers Have Eyes: As well as comprehending our words, computers now understand images without any help from us. Imagine the exciting possibilities for next-generation digital services.

 

Slaves to the Algorithm: How do you design a marketing strategy to win over the algorithms – immune to conventional branding efforts – that sit between brands and their customers?

 

A Machine’s Search for Meaning: A.I. might change our jobs, but need not eliminate them. We can – and should – design our collaboration with the machines that will help us develop.

 

In Transparency We Trust: Blockchain has the potential to create transparency that will clear the fog of Internet ambiguity, regain lost trust, and repair relationships with the public.

 

The Ethics Economy: Organizations are feeling the heat to take stands on political and societal hot button issues, whether they want to or not. And consumers are speaking with their dollars, choosing brands that align with their core beliefs.

 

Design Outside the Lines: Design’s rapid ascedency and newfound respect within organizations is a win for all. But, in a world in which everyone thinks they’re a designer, today’s practitioners need to evolve – how they work, learn and differentiate themselves – if they are to continue having impact.

 

According to Design Director at Fjord in South Africa, Marcel Rossouw, the annual Fjord Trend Report for 2018 provides an invaluable view on how technologies and experiences are shaping the way we live and do business.

 

“In South Africa, Blockchain has the power to create transparency that will clear the fog of internet ambiguity, win back lost trust, and repair relationships with the customers. Considering the local economic and political climate, the technology could be a real game changer to regain control and promote transparency. Automation and the rise of AI are also forcing organisations in the African continent to design for a seismic shift in the workplace,” said Rossouw.

 

“We believe this edition of Trends will provoke and inspire but, above all, provide actionable advice for organizations to prepare for the opportunities ahead,” said Baiju Shah, global co-lead, Fjord and managing director, Accenture Interactive. “Many of the thorny questions ahead of us revolve around human-machine interactions, the consequences of which will be profound for individuals, society and organizations of all kinds. As digital fades from being stand-alone to being embedded in our physical world, our relationships with everything around us will be redefined.”

 

Fjord Trends 2018 draws upon the collective thinking of Fjord’s 1,000+ designers and developers around the world. The annual report is based on first-hand observations, evidenced-based research and client work. This year, for the first time, it also drew upon the individual insights and perspectives from 85 clients across five continents, whose views inspired the report.

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