Taipei, Sunday, August 30, 2015 18:34 (GMT+8)
light drizzle
Taipei
27°C
Digitimes Research: South Korea aims to acquire 40% share in wearable device market by 2020
Betty Shyu, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei [Wednesday 12 March 2014]

As demand for smartphones and tablets is gradually approaching saturation with related shipment growths slowing down, vendors have been aggressively seeking new growth drivers. Wearable devices are identified as one of the main growth drivers. Among them, smart watches, bracelets and glasses look the most promising.

The South Korea government, seeing strong potentials in the wearable device market, has already come up with a series of strategies for the sector in the run up to 2020. It aims at having the country's wearable device shipments account for 40% of the global volume by 2020.

The South Korea government is encouraging more firms to join the sector, looking to increase the number of its players by 100 by 2020 with wearable devices to account for 50% of the country's total IT production by 2020. The number of wearable device patent applications in South Korea has also been increasing each year.

Digitimes Research identifies battery life and industrial design as presenting some of the biggest R&D challenges for countries or firms that wish to enter the wearable device market. Battery life affects the optimization of hardware intergation, which in turn affects the richness of app contents. Industrial design, on the other hand, is crucial in terms of consumers' willingness to wear the devices.

The development of the wearable device sector is not only about the devices themselves, but also about the upstream supply chain as well as the downstream telecom carriers, apps designers and hardware retailers. For South Korea, its strengths coming from its panel and battery sectors are expected to boost their competitiveness in the wearable device market.

Display panels for wearable devices: Market overview and forecast through 2017

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jul 23, 12:15

The wearables market is a growing focal point for many vendors and players in the display panel supply chain. This Digitimes Research Special Report looks at developments in panel applications in the wearable industry, with a specific focus on panel makers in...

Developments in the UV LED industry

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jul 16, 18:28

As white LED applications are becoming more widely accepted and common in the market and China makers push more price-competitive solutions, the 2015 global high-brightness LED output value is expected to only grow 7.5% on year. It is not surprising that in a...

Taiwan LCD TVs – 2Q 2015

TAIWAN DISPLAY SYSTEM | Aug 21, 14:47

Taiwan-based LCD TV makers are seeing improving shipments. Among them, Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) will have the strongest shipment growth in the second half due to procurement orders from Mexico.

Global tablet market – 2Q 2015

GLOBAL TABLET | Aug 21, 12:11

Digitimes Research saw global tablet shipments fall to 45.76 million units in second-quarter 2015, showing a 10% decrease on quarter and representing more than a 15% decrease on year.

China smartphone market and industry – 2Q 2015

CHINA SMARTPHONE | Aug 18, 15:33

Smartphone sales in China no longer show any significant momentum for growth as the fast maturing market now increasingly relies on replacement demand from existing users.

Intel strategies in the mobile device market
2015 China smartphone panel trend forecast
Analysis of China revised domestic semiconductor industry goals
  • Wireless broadband developments in Southeast Asia markets

    As of 2013, the 10 ASEAN nations had a total of over 700 million mobile subscriptions, with the CAGR from 2003-2013 reaching 24%. This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the various mobile broadband markets in ASEAN and looks at the respective trends in 4G LTE development for those markets.

  • 2015 global tablet demand forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report provides a 2015 forecast for the global tablet market and analyzes the strategies of key market players such as Google, Apple, Intel, and Microsoft.

  • 2015 China smartphone panel trend forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the strategies of key China-based major panel makers BOE, Tianma and IVO for attacking the different market segments through technology and pricing, and their relationship to local vendors Huawei, Lenovo, ZTE, Xiaomi and Coolpad.