The craziness that is the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is
and always will be the blur to jump start my recovery from the holidays. It
remains one of the busiest weeks on the calendar for any attendee, much less an
automotive industry analyst. At the event, I formally met with more than 30
automotive suppliers and manufacturers (not including all the informal
introductions, run-ins, and booth/coffee chats), all eager to provide updates
on their latest announcements, partnerships, and investments. If time and
travel wouldn’t have been a constraint, that number would have been much
Following a variety of small scale 5G
rollouts in 2019, the rubber is hitting the road in terms of making the
next-gen cellular technology available to the masses with the recent low-band
spectrum 5G launches from AT&T and T-Mobile. For the past month, I have
been putting those recent deployments through their paces and came away with a
few impressions on low-band 5G’s impact on today’s user experience.
This blog lists the top 10 worldwide predictions for connected devices and consumer digital transportation. These technology predictions are meant to help the players throughout the connected device and consumer DX ecosystem with strategic planning within a typical five-year cycle.
Think about all the connected “things” you carry with you or have in your home: Smart phones, iPads, PCs, fitness watches and many other devices. Some we’ve used for years, others are part of the growing Internet of Things (IoT). We use them frequently for communicating, connecting socially, monitoring our health and fitness or conducting business. All of this data is contributing to what IDC calls the Global DataSphere. You may not realize this, but as soon as you connect anything to the internet, you establish a data exchange relationship that adds to the world’s DataSphere until the device is disconnected.
We’ve discussed how crowded the overall Internet of Things (IoT) market is, but the ultimate value in IoT lies in IoT applications. However, IoT applications require a strong technology base in order to be successful; hardware, other software platforms and software analytics, and connectivity are all important pieces to the IoT applications puzzle.
Earlier this month, GM announced that it will be adopting Google’s Android Automotive operating system, which included Google’s voice assistance (Google Assistant), embedded navigation (Google Maps), and in-vehicle applications (via the Google Play Store), for all of its vehicle brands beginning in 2021. This landmark deal reinforces the importance of developing and delivering a differentiated in-vehicle experience, as well as demonstrates how large horizontal technology platforms and brands are targeting IoT and key verticals (like automotive) for growth.
For the past few years I’ve been covering the Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) market and over the years I’ve seen some impressive demos. For VR headsets these usually revolved around some sort of game or other-worldly experience — the kind of stuff that’s always fun and exciting for users.
Earlier this summer, my friend’s daughter began a new job, her first one right out of college. Amidst all the usual starting-a-new-job hubbub of picking health insurance and setting up her direct deposit, she was also faced with getting her hardware – laptop, tablet, and smartphone – selected and set up. It’s a task many of us are usually faced with, and don’t spend too much time thinking about. However, not long after starting her job, she called me at work with a question:
“Ramon, which wearable should I get?”
This post originally appeared on IDC’s UK Blog, and concentrates on European data. To see the original post, click here.
“Digitally determined” organizations no longer ask if something is possible. They assume it is. Corporate leaders identify what they wish to achieve. Those goals are broken into use cases. The organization then works backward to determine what technologies are needed. IT suppliers need to be on board with these use cases. Many suppliers say they put customers first and that they work backward from business goals to create their products.