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But Fossil is pushing the smartwatch mainstream, and everything we have learned from the market is that they are way further ahead than they anticipated.
Mar 23 2017
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Ben Wood is associated, including Samsung, Sony, and content. Most recently, Ben Wood has been quoted saying: “It is a challenge but this is the dance Samsung has to do in terms of its relationship with Google, where it has an agreement as a result of licensing Android to support certain features.” in the article Samsung confirms the Galaxy S8 will have Bixby, its own voice assistant to rival Apple’s Siri.
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Huawei is having another roll of the dice with its latest Android Wear powered smartwatches and although they are an improvement over its first device the broader category still appears to be offering a solution for a problem that does not really exist.

TCL will be hoping that by licensing the BlackBerry brand it can extend its market reach beyond the low margin consumer segment (which it currently targets via the Alcatel brand) to the higher margin enterprise devices space. However, the jury is out on how relevant the BlackBerry brand remains to that segment.

For many people it was the first phone people had. That means something, it's like your first car.

It was such a game changer at the time and a product that was so aspirational.

I think Samsung have got their heads down and are getting on with it. It's essential because the competition doesn't get any easier.

We have always said right from the beginning that we didn't think it would have a dramatic long term impact on Samsung, so far we are being proved right. It wiped out profitability, but I think they will record a spectacularly strong fourth quarter because they have upped their game in terms of marketing with the S7 and Edge and the S6 and entry level.

You can't help but be impressed by the humble Google Cardboard which is entry level and for the first timer snacking on VR.

All major content providers are piling into this area, and user-generated content is poised to explode as more affordable 360-degree cameras come to market.

We envision a world where 'surroundie' photos and videos become the next big thing, especially as 360-degree content can be so easily shared with more than 1.7 billion Facebook and YouTube users.

It also could see a shift towards high-resolution music.

With a more intelligent connection to headsets either via Apple's Lightning connector, USB-C or Bluetooth, there is tremendous scope to add sensors that could monitor activity, heart rate and more.

Movidius will help further Intel's efforts to offer solutions around computer vision and artificial intelligence. The company is betting big on securing a place in the next wave of technology that will be instrumental across multiple areas including autonomous driving, drones, mixed reality, navigation and robotics.

We expect augmented reality technology to evolve quickly and the experience to improve dramatically. It's little surprise that companies such as Microsoft and Google are placing such big bets in this area.

The added dimension of the Pokemon Go craze has undoubtedly raised awareness of the potential for augmented reality. That can only be positive for the technology.

I think that history has shown, for example with the explosive growth on YouTube, that obviously there is a role for curated content, but user-generated content has been a massive driver on consumption.

With 360, all you need is a camera and you can immediately share it. We have never had situation where there is instant distribution to billions of people.

Facebook and YouTube have firmly put their weight behind it. This is the first time we have had a new content format where there is such wide distribution from the beginning. Something like Blu-Ray you had to buy a player and replace disks.

It's a very significant deal with Qualcomm displacing Intel with one of the biggest watch manufacturers in the world.

Sony has now engineered the business to a point where it's financially viable which is important, however it's very difficult to see how they can grow going forward.

The Compact is more interesting because the iPhone SE has shown that there is an appetite from some consumers for a smaller device. It might be the compact variant that could be the most important in international markets.

It is the most watch-like Gear product Samsung has launched, one of the big criticisms that has been levelled at Samsung is that they are taking design cues from the consumer electronics industry rather than design. You could argue previous watches were more akin to geek wear.

Nokia seems to have put together a very elegant deal in order to maximize the potential to drive some revenue from the handset business, with no risk in terms of hardware. The brand is strong in the feature phone space, but does it stand for a cutting-edge future proof smartphone? That's unclear. ... It's a brand that has lost its lustre.

There are lots of signals which mean that it can start move beyond geek phase to early adopter and consumer phase.

If you stand back and get beyond all the geeks shouting about it, you could say these numbers deliver cautious optimism for the potential of VR and 360 degree content.

Samsung has had a real return to form with the S7 and S7 edge. It's focus on higher-tier, higher-margin products has certainly helped boost its earning. The new devices deliver a good story for anyone considering a Samsung device as an alternative to an iPhone.

It's little surprise Xiaomi has gone for a big European launch. As the Chinese smartphone market plateaus, it is essential Xiaomi (and other Chinese phone makers) drive growth in international markets.

You can see that the intense competition in the smartphone market is biting and Sony is trying to find a place for itself in a sector where without scale it's almost impossible to make money.

It's inconceivable Sony can survive as a hardware only business.

If you work in a shop selling phones, they have given you a reason for you to sell the S7 over the iPhone. The Galaxy S7 has expandable memory, better battery, it's got a good camera, they are ticking all the boxes if you are selling it side by side with the iPhone.

This is a beachhead for future technology and as all smartphone markets look to add new innovations to differentiate, they will look at these sensors and others like ultraviolet sensors and others.

Apple will unquestionably sell millions of these watches because there's pent-up demand from the loyal super-fans who will buy almost any Apple product.

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