Ryan Reith Program Vice President, Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers IDC
With the smartphone market having now hit the critical point of contraction for 2 years straight, device manufacturers, supply chain, and channels are all looking toward what’s next. Discussions and marketing around new smartphone technology such as 5G, artificial intelligence, and foldable devices are running rampant and products are soon to hit the market with all of these features and more. But the real question remains – what will drive the market back to growth? Or, is market contraction the new reality going forward? In this session Mr. Reith will share IDC’s opinions and latest research around some of the latest technology that will come to smartphones in 2019 and beyond. In addition Reith will also touch on what is happening within the mass market, with views on where growth can be expected, as well as discussing areas where challenging market conditions will remain.
Ryan Reith is the Program Vice President for IDC's Mobile Device Tracker suite, which includes mobile phones, tablets, wearables, and most recently AR/VR. His teams research focuses on the quantitative aspects of the mobile device industry, including market sizing, forecasting, vendor market share analysis, and technology trends. His current responsibilities include engaging with mobile device OEMs, supply chain, distributors, and the financial industry to discuss market trends and forward looking analysis.
Mr. Reith has an extensive background in mobility that started with IDC's Mobile Phone research team back in 2005. For the 5 years following his start with IDC he worked as Senior Analyst for IDC’s Mobile Phone Tracker research program, focusing on market sizing and forecasting for the mobile phone market. In 2010 he left IDC to join Palm (now HP) where he managed Competitive Intelligence as well as contributing to the product planning and marketing process for its Smartphone Product Marketing team.
Overall Mr. Reith brings years of experience analyzing device market trends, forecasting future technologies, and vendor analysis to the industry. The research programs he manages provide global insight into market opportunities and technology landscapes. Mr. Reith earned his bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts.