Smartphone innovation is slowing, judges Frost & Sullivan

Smartphone innovation is slowing, as evidenced by Samsung's Galaxy S5 smartphone, judges Lawrence Lundy, an information and communications technology consultant with Frost & Sullivan.

The Galaxy S5 "doesn't push the envelope in any real way; we are in a sort of stasis now when it comes to smartphone innovation," Lundy writes.

"That is not to say that smartphone innovation is finished, but much of the innovation is going to come from the introduction of sensors into the phone, and the improvements in software, and how the phone will interact with the range of wearable devices," Lundy adds.

The Frost & Sullivan analyst predicts that smartphone innovation will move away from hardware and toward services, such as mobile payments and location-based services.

Lundy notes that Samsung is being squeezed on the high-end by Apple and on the low-end by cheaper manufacturers, such as OPPO, Wiko and Micromax, which are producing handsets in the $100 to $200 price range.

Samsung does have an advantage in the Internet of Things, particularly with its expertise in smart refrigerators, washing machines and TVs.

"Samsung already has the largest portfolio of hardware, and it has a huge opportunity to connect these and really add value for the customer. However, Samsung does not have the internal software and machine learning capabilities to provide best-in-class solutions in the post-mobile world," Lundy concludes.

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