Analyst Insight by Michelle Evans - Senior Consumer Finance Analyst
The mobile payments war has heated up with the official arrival of Samsung onto the scene. The world’s largest smartphone manufacturer unveiled its new mobile payment system, Samsung Pay, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday.
Samsung Pay, which will be available on its new line of smartphones including both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, will launch this summer in the US and South Korea. The South Korean smartphone manufacturer expects to expand the mobile payments service to Europe and China thereafter. Samsung Pay works when a user launches the service and then confirms payment with his or her fingerprint. This mobile payments service will use NFC chips to communicate with compatible POS terminals as Apple Pay does today, but a recently acquired technology will enable the Samsung Pay system to work with traditional card swipe readers as well.
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The Swatch Group Ltd is expected to launch its first smartwatch by mid-2015. This podcast discusses the impact of Swatch entering the wearables market and what it means for competitors. Will the Swatch Touch smartwatch dominate the wearables market? Can Swatch compete against technology giants like Apple and Samsung? Listen to the podcast for further insights.
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Date/Time: Wednesday April 22 - Thursday 23, 2015
Location: Madrid, Spain
Date/Time: Wednesday April 22, 2015 at 5 p.m.
Speaker: Alexander Goransson, Lead Research Analyst
Topic: TCG at a cross roads in Europe: What does the future hold for European TCG retailers?
Description: Electronic and appliance retailers experienced turbulent few years marked by stagnation, retrenchment and consolidation driven by the changing consumer expectation and strong competitive pressure from pure players. The presentation will outline the growth opportunities for TCG retailers in Europe and will highlight winning strategies of the leading store based and online retailers. The presentation will combine Euromonitor unique store based and internet retailing data for TCG sales with socio-economics, and consumer preferences.
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Analyst Insight by Wee Teck Loo - Head of Consumer Electronics Research
Fresh off Apple Inc’s record earnings announcement, Samsung Corp reported an operating profit of Won5.3 trillion, a massive 36% decline compared to the last quarter of 2013. The shocking decline is a wake-up call for Samsung to refresh and re-evaluate its product line-up, especially its mobile division.
Same old Galaxy
Samsung sent out an invite to its Unpacked event on 1 March, just one day before the start of Mobile World Congress 2015 (MWC 2015). It is widely acknowledged that Samsung will unveil its flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone. The new smartphone is under tremendous pressure in view of Samsung’s whopping decline in revenues and profits. Sales of its predecessors, the Galaxy S5 and a generation before, the Galaxy S4, failed to inspire and showcase Samsung as an innovator. Samsung’s flagship models had been just simple line extension of the Galaxy S model that was launched way back in 2010. Samsung had been content to just increase the screen size, screen resolution and adding gimmick features rather than pushing the boundary of technological limits. Euromonitor International warned Samsung against complacency way back in July 2013.
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Analyst Insight by Wee Teck Loo - Head of Consumer Electronics
Samsung Corp’s disappointing quarter financial results, especially from its Mobile division, were a wake-up call for all manufacturers to be less dependent on smartphones. Euromonitor International looks at some interesting products from the Consumer Electronics Show 2015 (CES 2015).
Source: Misfit, LG and Dell
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OMSignal is a leading innovator in the rapidly growing wearable technology space and a frontrunner in smart technology for clothing. Contributing Analyst Rob Walker speaks with OMSignal CEO Stephane Marceau about the company's strategy and competitive space.
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Analyst Insight by Chloe Wu - Personal Accessories and Eyewear Analyst
It has not been more than a year since Google Glass was first sold commercially to the public, and, despite an overall tepid reaction towards Google Glass, Luxottica is now forging ahead with yet another attempt at smart glasses.
This time, the eyewear juggernaut has teamed up with semiconductor giant Intel to produce smart eyewear. Essentially, Intel will provide engineering know-how, so that Luxottica can focus on industrial design, thereby keeping costs down and shortening the time to market.
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Analyst Insight by Pavel Marceux - Technology, Communications and Media Analyst
The launch of the festive winter season is a major shopping occasion around the world, but it is also a major testing period for the adoption of new technologies and online platforms. The Christmas and New Year’s period of 2014 is expected to see some consumer trends entrenched, such as social shopping, geo-targeting and digital wallets, while retailers will rely more than ever on the web to attract consumers. More consumers will also buy from handheld digital devices, such as smartphones and tablets, as opposed to conventional computers. However, as the busy festive season kicks off, businesses must be ready to deal with challenges such as web traffic spikes and stronger competition.
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