A new report by Frost & Sullivan has found that changing consumer attitudes are driving the trend towards intelligent mobile devices with high-quality multimedia capabilities.
The report, Exploring the European Market for Mobile Smart Devices, has identified what the research firm says is a change in the innovation process behind the evolution of mobile from an industry-based model to an open innovation model. This is characterised by an exchange process comprising a web of interactions among different participants: mobile manufacturers, mobile operators, and other related participants, new entrants from other segments, consumers, open source community, industrial designers and policy bodies.
“The European mobile communications market is becoming smarter,” commented Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Saverio Romeo. “The penetration of mobile smart devices in
Frost & Sullivan says that at the end of 2006, the number of mobile smart devices shipped in
The analyst advises that in order to satisfy such new consumer requirements, mobile smart devices have to improve their user interface. This includes sophisticated technologies to enhance screen quality, keyboard usability, fast connectivity, computational capacity and long battery life. All this requires significant investments in R&D.