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ZTE says it is "more than smartphones"

Announces smart watch and combined hotspot/projector device

The newly-independent ZTE Mobile Devices division has used this week’s International CES electronics show to reveal a range of mobile-related equipment.

New smartphones from the company include the flagship ZTE Grand S II, which offers voice recognition unlocking and voice-activated photography.

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We make our mobile industry predictions for 2014 and review our end-of-year forecasts from 2013

Podcast - 18th December 2013

It's our last podcast of the year, which is the traditional time for us to predict what'll be happening in the mobile phone industry during the next 12 months... from forthcoming consumer technology to deals between network operators.

As well as making our 2014 predictions, we'll also be reviewing those we made last year and discovering how accurate our forecasts for 2013 really were.

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New smart watch planned by adidas

Sporting goods specialist adidas is planning to launch its own smart watch for runners next month.

Called the miCoach SMART RUN, it’ll help athletes track their runs, monitor their heart rate, listen to their favourite music and get real-time coaching tips.

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Annual consumer M2M device shipments expected to reach 13.8 million in 2017

A new research report from Berg Insight expects shipments of consumer-focussed M2M devices to increase from 5.3 million worldwide last year to 13.8 million in 2017. That’s a compound annual growth rate of 21.1%.

It notes that eBook readers and personal navigation devices are the most common consumer M2M devices.

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GPS device market is forecast to increase despite decline in dedicated sat-nav equipment

The market for portable GPS-enabled devices is forecast to grow from 33.3 million units last year to 36.79 million in 2018, despite an anticipated dip this year.

Similarly, total revenue from these device is expected to fluctuate for the next couple of years but will rise to $7.14 billion (£4.5 billion) in 2018.

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