|[October 03, 2013]
Wearables Device Provides Opportunity for Flexible Displays, According to ABI Research
LONDON --(Business Wire)--
Smart watches will provide the biggest opportunity for flexible displays
in the short term. A number of new smart watch vendors have incorporated
some form of flexible display technology to maximize the screen size of
the small device. Market Intelligence firm ABI Research (News - Alert) believes most of
the digital smart watches and other fitness and health wearable devices
will incorporate a flexible display over the next eighteen months due to
the robust and rugged characteristics of the displays.
Furthermore, flexible displays or e-ink displays could be used as
secondary displays on smartphones and media tablets. Phablets are
predicted to be a key application for secondary displays-it is
anticipated more than 6% of annual phablet shipments could include the
display type in 2015.
"Samsung's (News - Alert) YOUM technology (flexible display) has been highly publicized
and it is clearly understandable why people can see the 'Wow' factor in
the technology. Nevertheless, the use of the technology in smartphones
and tablets is still unlikely to become hugely popular in the next
twelve months," says senior analyst Joshua Flood. "There are a number of
questions that need to be addressed. First and fremost, how useful is a
flexible display on a mobile device like a smartphone?"
Samsung and LG have been pushing their new display technologies and
several prototype devices have been broadcasted over the last twelve
months. However, how flexible displays can really add value or enhance
user experiences for key mobile devices is still unclear. Nevertheless,
the concept flexible display mobile devices should not be abandoned
straightway. For example, eReaders have been a key application for the
technology used in flexible displays for some time. However, the future
of the eReader market is uncertain as global shipments continue to
decline and the popularity of media tablets continues at a breathless
These findings are part of ABI Research's Next
Generation Mobile Devices Research Service (https://www.abiresearch.com/research/service/mobile-device-enabling-technologies/).
ABI Research provides in-depth analysis and quantitative forecasting of
trends in global connectivity and other emerging technologies. From
offices in North America, Europe and Asia, ABI Research's worldwide team
of experts advises thousands of decision makers through 70+ research and
advisory services. Est. 1990. For more information visit www.abiresearch.com,
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