|[March 25, 2014]
Unlocking Quality Audio Experiences Key to Mobile Device Future, Says ABI Research
OYSTER BAY, N.Y. --(Business Wire)--
Feature phones, smartphones, and tablets shipped more than 1.9 billion
units combined in 2013. However, the quality of audio experience hasn't
kept pace with other mobile advancements making it the Achilles' heel.
According to new research from market intelligence firm ABI Research (News - Alert),
next-generation devices are poised to deliver high-definition voice
capability and a surge in smart audio accessories will result in users
spending a greater portion of the waking day with their devices.
"How is it that the mobile device market has managed to become so large
and important, yet fail to impress when it comes to the quality of the
audio experience?" asks senior practice director Jeff Orr. "As users
customize and personalize their mobile device, they increasingly want a
better audio experience." Multiple initiatives are underway to
revolutionize the mobile device audio experience:
Feature phones will soon have access to high-definition voice as
mobile network operators move to Voice over LTE (News - Alert) (VoLTE) services,
which will deliver voice communications superior to cordless phones
Hero devices are increasing their reliance on dedicated audio
processors to address a broader range of usage enironments. For
example, more than 1 in 4 mobile devices shipments in 2019 will adapt
near real-time to current conditions
The audio accessory market is primed today to address poor audio
quality through the use of headsets, earbuds and sound bars.
Aftermarket audio headset revenues will grow over 50% to reach $1.4
billion annually in 2019
The big innovation for mobile devices is the emergence of smart audio
accessories that not only bring audio closer to the user, but, "Deliver
on the promise of the wearables market with an immersive computing
experience that is both fun and useful," adds Orr.
This ABI Research study, "Audio Advancements for Mobile Devices,"
focuses on the input and output technologies and the design
considerations for mobile device audio. It is part of ABI Research's Future
Immersive Computing Research Service (https://www.abiresearch.com/market-research/service/mobile-device-enabling-technologies/).
ABI Research provides in-depth analysis and quantitative forecasting of
trends in global connectivity and other emerging technologies. From
offices in North America, Europe and Asia, ABI Research's worldwide team
of experts advises thousands of decision makers through 70+ research and
advisory services. Est. 1990. For more information visit www.abiresearch.com,
or call +1.516.624.2500.
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