Smartphones are continuing to grow in popularity and will reach annual shipments of 1.8 billion units in 2017, according to a forecast from display supply chain trends analyst NPD DisplaySearch. The researcher estimates that the flashy gadgets will continue to gain ground on the market at the expense of their no-frills counterparts, expanding their share to 82% of all mobile phone shipments globally in 2017 from 55% in the third quarter of this year.
Hi-tech communications trends watcher Juniper Research predicts that by 2018 the global market for smart wearable devices will comprise almost 130 million units as the innovative gizmos garner more attention from consumers and new models populate the market.
Antivirus major Kaspersky Lab has estimated the average value of multimedia content lost by users who have fallen prey to malicious attacks or have suffered a device failure. According to a study by the security solutions provider, carried out together with research firm B2B International, the average figure comes in at $418 per user, with variations among age groups and across geographies.
The Internet is playing an increasingly important role in consumers' shopping habits and, for the time being, PCs remain the preferred device for online purchases. A recent study conducted by analyst firm Ovum has found that, when it comes to online shopping, desktop and laptop PCs lead over other connected devices by a wide margin, with 68% of respondents preferring to use them to buy goods and services on the Web.
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