The market for mobile accessories will be worth $81.5 billion this year and will grow to $101 billion in 2020.
That’s according to market research company ABI Research, which said that protective cases, chargers, screen protectors and headsets are the most sold accessories for mobile phones.
But amongst those categories, the headset market will grow the fastest in terms of revenues, while sales of Bluetooth headsets are also increasing.
The biggest market for these accessories is Asia Pacific, which accounts for 52.9 percent of all accessory shipments, ABI said.
Within Asia Pacific, China has the biggest potential for growth because of its already large and growing customer base, a fast growing online market, and increasing disposable incomes.
Marina Lu, a research analyst at ABI, said that a protective case is a necessity because of the thinness and lightness of smartphones, while wireless charging and digital payment features will also help push this sector of the market.
Music producer, founding member of the Black Eyed Peas, and Intel’s director of creative innovation, Will.i.am, is to begin selling iPhone accessories.
The strangely named foto.sosho is an attachment that promises to significantly increase the quality of the iPhone’s camera, and will be available on the iPhone 4, 4S, and the iPhone 5.
The i.am+ foto.sosho has different lens types on offer, CNET reports, as well as turning the phone into a 14 megapixel camera.
The iPhone 5 model will be available in 2013 while the others will be in shops this December – for just under £200.
Commenting on an Intel director’s foray into selling smartphone kit, a company spokesperson told TechEye: “We are happy for him and wish him success. As a friend, we like that he is doing innovative things in technology. Strategically, anything that makes an iPhone photo experience better will require a PC with a great processor, which, of course, we think is fantastic”.
Earlier this year, Will.i.am and Intel CEO Paul Otellini shared the stage for the first time. Will.I.Am proclaimed the Ultrabook at the time to be the “new ghetto blaster”.
There’s a company called Dolica here at Distree XXL and they’ve gloves coming out later this year that will let those in northern climes use their touch screens without freezing their fingers off.
According to Daniel Calderon, account manager at Dolica, in Russia it gets so cold that people answer their iPhones with their noses.
So then, D-Gloves – touch screen texting gloves. How do they work? The gloves contain metal conductive material woven into the fabric for all 10 digits. The first gloves will be available in September this year, costing around $20 retail.
They’re washable and according to the guys “even work for ladies with long acrylic nails”.
Target markets? Obviously Russia, Canada and places where it gets so cold that it’s brass monkeys territory. They’re going to make sport gloves and leather gloves too, eventually.
This is what they look like.
People in the US are spending more dough than ever on PC accessories, peripherals and software than PCs according to the latest annual Beyond-the-Box survey by International Data Corporation (IDC).
For every single buck spent on a PC in 2009, buyers are spending $1.05 at the very least on accessories and peripherals. In 2008 accessory spending was just $0.87 per dollar. Spending has been largely focused on security and anti-spam software, but there’s been a continued line on hardware enhancements like graphics cards, memory and storage.
As well as real people, small businesses with less than 100 employees in the States are spending a ton on cash on peripherals and software. The total was $2.7 billion, which makes up almost a quarter (24 percent) of the average computer shopping budget.
The report shows that PC users have been moving towards services based on the web, with cloud-based activities on the rise, while productivity-based activities are apparently not so important to the average consumer now. IDC reckons that, while a lot of companies are rolling with the trend, manufacturers, vendors and distributors “must do a better job” of understanding segmentation and user behaviour to maintain and increase competitive positions.