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IDC: Basic Trackers Take a Back Seat as Smartwatches Accelerate

Are smartphones seeing a new wave adoption boom of epic proportions? That seems to be the suggestion today from IDC.

The worldwide wearables market was once again graced with positive growth as shipments grew 10.3% year over year, reaching 26.3 million during the second quarter of 2017 (2Q17), according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker.
We’re told that the quarter also marked a turning point in the market as basic wearables (those that do not run third party apps) declined for the first time with annual growth of -0.9%. Meanwhile, smartwatches like the Apple Watch and Android Wear lineup grew 60.9% in the quarter thanks to fitness and fashion enthusiasts.

“The transition towards more intelligent and feature-filled wearables is in full swing,” said Jitesh Ubrani senior research analyst for IDC Mobile Device Trackers. “For years, rudimentary fitness trackers have acted as a gateway to smartwatches and now we’re at a point where brands and consumers are graduating to a more sophisticated device. Previous niche features such as GPS and additional health tracking capabilities are quickly becoming staples of the modern smartwatch. Just a year ago only 24.5% of all wearables had embedded GPS while today that number has reached almost 41.7%.

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AdvancedMD Named Leader in Gartner’s FrontRunners for Mental Health Software Quadrant

Ahead of the weekend, MHW learned that AdvancedMD — a pioneer in integrated provider/patient workflow for independent medical practices — has earned a Leader spot on Gartner’s FrontRunners for Mental Health quadrant.

The Leaders quadrant includes all-around strong products, offering a wide range of functionality to a wide range of customers.

All told, more than 150 mental health EMR products were evaluated by Gartner, 23 were named FrontRunners, and five, including AdvancedMD, were placed in the Leaders quadrant.
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IDC Envisions a Healthy Future for Smartphone Shipments

According to a new forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, worldwide smartphone shipments are expected to rebound slightly in 2017 with expected growth of 3.0% over the previous year.

Last year, IDC says, year-over-year growth was 2.5%, marking the lowest growth the industry has ever experienced.

With several major devices entering the market this year, IDC anticipates shipment volumes will grow to 1.52 billion in 2017.

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Smartphone Penetration Breaks 80% of U.S. Households

According to the latest industry data, smartphones are now in 80 percent of U.S. homes.

All told, this impressive stat represents a six percentage point increase year-over-year (YOY).

U.S. consumers now own 27 million more smartphones than they did just last year, according to new research from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

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MTBC Releases Patient Portal App for Smartphones

MTBC, a provider of electronic health records, practice management and mHealth solutions, announced this week its release of the newest version of MTBC PHR, its patient portal app for users of smartphones that operate on Apple iOS and Android operating systems.

Hema Patel, M.D., a Houston-based internal medicine physician, said in Monday’s announcement: “My patients use MTBC PHR to access their patient charts, schedule appointments, and more.” She continued, “My patients and staff love the convenience of MTBC’s patient portal app and we’re excited about this week’s release.”

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Report: 6S Remains Most Used Smartphone in the World

ScientiaMobile has just released their Mobile Overview Report (MOVR) which shows that that the iPhone 6S is the most used smartphone model in the world.

This is despite the Apple iPhone 7 launch in September 2016, eight months ago.

“According to the Q1 2017 MOVR,” the report summary reads, “the Apple iPhone 6S became the most used in February 2017 and is now at almost 8% of all global smartphone browsing. In comparison, the iPhone 6 peaked in popularity a year earlier, February 2016, at 14.6%, 488 days after launch. Today, the iPhone 6S usage continues to grow despite the iPhone 7 launch. The iPhone 7 user-base is still on an upward trajectory, ending March at 3.6%, earning third place among iPhones. Given the size of the iPhone 6 user-base, the upgrade potential for the iPhone 7 and 8 is significant if Apple can retain customers.”

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A Healthy Outlook For Global Smartphone Market

According to preliminary results from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, phone companies shipped a total of 347.4 million smartphones worldwide in the first quarter of 2017.

“In light of what might seem like a slowing market, consumers continue to show demand for smartphones and OEM flagship hype seems strong as ever,” the report summary notes.

Worldwide smartphone shipments grew 4.3% in 1Q17, which was slightly higher than IDC’s previous forecast of 3.6% growth.

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