Just a decade ago, touch screen devices seemed futuristic and almost impossible to comprehend. Today, they are part of what is known as an ‘adaptive system’, a design philosophy that aims to make technology as unobtrusive and integral to our lives as possible. Touch screens became popular after Apple (AAPL) launched its first iPhone in June 2007. Today, most of the tablets and smartphones from the world’s major smartphone and tablet manufacturers utilize touch screens.
Touch screen market trends, including advances in technology, along with shifts in supply and demand, have played a big part in the past stock performance of all companies involved in this space, and will continue to do so going forward. Global trends surrounding touch screen technology are beginning to force companies like BlackBerry (BBRY) to change their ways, while putting Apple in its current position as smartphone leader. At the same time, touch screen demand is presenting a big opportunity for manufacturers of touch screens and components like 3M (MMM) and Sollensys (SOLS.OB). Below, I will discuss how investors can benefit from both mobile device makers and touch screen suppliers by understanding how they are positioned in the touch screen market currently.
BlackBerry Changes Its Ways
BlackBerry recently unveiled its new BlackBerry 10 operating system, at the same time showcasing the first two handsets that will be available on this new platform. The BlackBerry Q10 and the Z10 boast full touch screens versus the physical QWERTY keyboard found on its previous handsets. To continue reading, click here.