Posts tagged: Smartphones

Megapixel Smartphones Pose a Threat to the Traditional Digital Camera Market

Eve Padula
 Jul 24, 2012

For as long as mobile phones have included embedded cameras, digital camera vendors have been wondering when–or even if–these handsets would begin to impact traditional digital still camera usage. Until recently, camera phones largely had a complementary effect on digital cameras. Mobile handsets were great for spontaneous photo capture because they were typically carried at all times, but the resulting images were generally low-quality. Meanwhile, digital cameras offered features that were far superior to those of camera phones, including high resolution, optical zoom, and quick shutter speeds. Traditional digital cameras were therefore the go-to devices for milestone events, special occasions, and vacations.

According to InfoTrends’ ongoing research on the mobile imaging market, smartphone adoption is currently exploding. Although less than 4% of respondents to our 2008 mobile imaging end-user survey were smartphone owners, this share had jumped to nearly 46% by 2012.

Figure 1: Share of Smartphone Users, 2008-2012

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One Billion Digital Cameras

Ed Lee
 May 1, 2012

The digital camera market is fast approaching a new milestone. According to InfoTrends’ estimates, the one-billionth digital camera will be produced this month. That is a lot of cameras produced since the first consumer models launched in the 1990’s. Congratulations!

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SmartPhones, Tablets and the Collapse of Print

Jeff Hayes
 Mar 1, 2012

A couple items caught my eye this morning as I read the Boston Globe … on my iPad. I still subscribe to the paper edition of the Globe. I have enjoyed reading it over breakfast ever since I was a paper delivery boy back in the 1970’s. But it was raining quite hard this morning and I was running a few minutes late, so instead of going down to get the paper I pulled out my iPad and perused a variety of sites.

At the site The Atlantic was a blog titled “The Collapse of Print Advertising in 1 Graph“. After looking at the chart my reaction was - Holy Schlitz!

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Increasing efficiency and mobility integration: Is there an MFP app for that?

Other Posts
 Feb 2, 2012

Apps have taken the IT industry by storm, quickly moving into businesses and onto MFPs. Many MFP apps are meant to save businesses time and money while improving efficiency. Although many of these apps allow users to scan documents to a cloud repository, send alerts to staff, or find cartridge refill stores with the touch of a button (or app?), there are many others that aren’t quite as efficient or economical.

For the most part, vendors have created printer apps to enhance office productivity. Some vendors even provide app categories tailored to certain verticals, like healthcare or legal. But even when looking at these types of apps, they all pretty much have one thing in common — printing. And in such an eco-friendly, “think-before-you-print” environment, are these apps truly meant to increase efficiency and save businesses money if it’s costing more in ink, toner, and paper? Instead, there are apps to print out stationary, Sudoku puzzles, news feeds, maps, and more. Now I see why there is a “cartridge finder” app. Read more »

BYOD: Bring-Your-Own-Device to Work…But Don’t Expect Much Security

Other Posts
 Jun 24, 2011

Consumerization of IT is one of the major forces shifting the way office workers and organizations operate. Although still in its infancy, we can already see the effects of consumers bringing in personal devices and using personal online services within the workplace. And thanks to tech-savvy Generation Y’ers and Z’ers (born with iPod-in-hand), the consumerization-of-IT trend is only going to grow, and rapidly at that.

Because PCs have been the standard computing device for quite some time, an organization’s IT department is able to easily administer access and information between a desktop computer and a company network. Today, the line differentiating work devices and personal devices is rather fuzzy, and the line between how those devices are used is even fuzzier. An organization’s IT department now has to juggle multiple mobile devices where the majority of them are not company-owned. Read more »

Smartphones Enter the Limelight

Eve Padula
 May 20, 2011

First introduced in early 2007, Apple’s wildly popular iPhone is arguably the device that started the smartphone craze in the consumer market. Meanwhile, many in the business world are glued to their “CrackBerries.” Recent research from InfoTrends confirms that smartphone penetration is growing by leaps and bounds, and for good reason–smartphones enable today’s on-the-go consumers to stay connected regardless of their physical location.

In April 2011, InfoTrends conducted its annual end-user survey on mobile imaging. Although this research covers all camera phones, smartphones have really come into their own over the past year. As might be expected, very few respondents reported owning smartphones (which are defined as handsets with Internet access, operating system software, and an embedded camera) during our 2008 research. Today, these devices are popping up everywhere. Between 2010 and 2011, the share of respondents who owned smartphones jumped from 16% to 24%. This represents an amazing year-over-year growth rate of 50%!

Smartphone Penetration among Survey Participants: 2008-2011

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