Mobile form factor to encourage 3D demand in mainstream market

ABI Research Logo Entertainment enthusiasts may find it difficult to swallow this latest report on 3D content and its future in the mainstream market. According to ABI Research, mobile devices could be the best bet for content providers and manufacturers attempting to bring 3D to the mainstream market segment.

So those who think that 3D entertainment calls for a huge-sized screen and special glasses can probably expect to see many more people bending over 3D-enabled notebooks and smartphones in the future. It has mostly been laptops and smartphones with which have been shipping with 3D capabilities so far and that too, mostly in Japan.

“Emerging 3D technologies for mobile devices do not require the user to wear glasses to view the 3D content,” explained senior analyst Victoria Fodale. “While there are still challenges with glasses-free 3D on televisions, is it is possible on smartphones and other mobile devices.”

“Unlike 3D TVs, the mobile category has a fast replacement cycle. This means consumers are more likely to buy a mobile device with 3D in an upgrade purchase much sooner than they would purchase 3D in a larger form factor such as a flat-screened television,” added Fodale.

Mobile devices are well suited for glasses-free technologies needing an optimum viewing distance and small screen size for single-viewer applications. The ABI Research report dubbed ‘3D Mobile Devices’ takes a look at the key market and technology trends for 3D in mobile devices like smartphones, laptops, netbooks, MIDs, media tablets and portable game players.

The report marks out new releases of 3D mobile devices from major OEMs and even examines problems bothering the 3D market. It also studies 3D-optimized developments like stereoscopic, parallax barrier, autostereoscopic and lenticular lens and offers forecasts of mobile device shipments as also attach rates.