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The worldwide smartphone market grew 27.2% year over year in the second quarter of 2014 (2014Q3), just over a third of a billion shipments at 335 million units, according to data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. 8 At this pace, 2014 promises to close at nearly 1.3 billion shipments, with Android taking the lion’s share, spread across over 180 tracked vendors. The bulk of these Android players are squarely focused on the sub-US$200 space, driven by demand at increasingly value-oriented consumers. Third quarter shipments were slightly above IDC’s forecast and expects iOS share to…

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2015 will be an amazing year, and the amount of turmoil we will see likely will make 2014 look tame by comparison. Scandals, robots, elections, and the emergence of a variety of new technologies should define this space. As crazy as 2015 will be, 2016 is likely to be even crazier. Fortunately, we’re kind of into crazy, making this a decade I may enjoy too much. Let’s look ahead to some of the stories that are coming in 2015. We’ll have robots, self-driving cars, armed autonomous drones, the professional proliferation of head mounted cameras, some scandals, and some interesting political implications.…

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