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NOMADIC lifestyle » Unveiled! Mobile Devices Headphones Personal Sound In-Car IFA’s iZone Sharp Rise In Nomadic Connectivity Infrastructure challenged by 10 billion connected devices THEY’LL KEEP TAKING THE TABLETS The summer of 2012 has seen significant growth in online sport viewing. Meanwhile, tablet and smartphone demand will push 2012 touch-screen revenues to bn, with 69% of users using their tablets to read the news. According to a recent study by Gartner, people have begun to use media tablets for daily personal activities, such as checking email (81% of respondents), reading the news (69%), checking the weather forecast (63%), social networking (62%) and gaming (60%). Tablet sales in Q2 grew more than 80% year on year to reach 24 million units, according to Futuresource Consulting’s Tablet Tracking report. Futuresource Consulting also predicts that the tablet market will reach approximately 120 million units by the end of 2012. The long-term prospects for the tablet industry are also positive, with strong growth expected until 2016. This will be driven by a widening array of mobile content for tablets, including apps, declining prices and product replacement, as consumers look to update and modernise. “The rapid adoption of media tablets is substantively changing how consumers access, create and share content,” said Carolina Milanesi, Research Vice-President at Gartner. ”The survey found that more than 50% of media-tablet owners prefer to read news, magazines and books on screen, rather than on paper. On average, one in three respondents used their media tablets to read a book, compared with 13% for mobile PCs, and 7% for mobile phones.” According to Interxion, increasingly techsavvy consumers placed unprecedented demands on London’s IT infrastructure this summer. Nationally, one of the biggest contributors to the internet surge was the BBC, which provided live coverage from multiple sporting events. The footage, streamed to computers across the UK, helped to generate in excess of a terabit (1 trillion bits) per second of traffic at peak times. In related news, total touch-screen module revenue will nearly double in the coming six years, reaching .9bn by 2018, according to NPD DisplaySearch’s 2012 Touch Panel Market Analysis. Growth is being driven by increased demand for devices such as iPads and other tablets, smartphones, and the emerging notebook PC designs. Tablets are expected to be the growth driver for the mobile PC market over the next few years. npD DisplaySearch also predicts that tablet shipments will surpass notebook shipments in 2016. Overall mobile PC shipments are expected to grow from 347 million units in 2012 to over 809 million by 2017. For the smaller mobile screen, smartphones will generate bn in aftermarket accessory revenues in 2012, accounting for more than half of the bn that all aftermarket handset accessories will produce. By 2017, smartphone accessories will grow to bn in revenues. Global OEM connected car-system penetration is expected to increase from 11.4% in 2012 to 60.1% in 2017. While penetration in the US and Western Europe will exceed 80% by 2017, developing regions will also see strong TRENDS IN CONNECTED CARS increases in telematics penetration in new vehicles, largely driven by Brazil and Russia. Dominique Bonte, ABI Research’s Vice- President and Practice, Navigation, Telematics and M2M, said: “In-car connectivity is quickly transforming the automotive industry, enabling passive and active safety and security, and offering infotainment and connectedlifestyle services to consumers… However, the two main issues the automotive industry continues to face are cost and lack of awareness.” IFA International • Friday 31 st August 2012 19

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