Epic times ahead for smartphones and tablets

Epic times ahead for smartphones and tablets
Research firm Gartner's latest report regarding the future of smartphones and tablets is just as cheerful as its last one. According to the company, smartphone and tablet sales will reach 1.2 billion devices next year, which is another substantial increase after this year's expected 821 million devices.

A big focus of this new Gartner research is how businesses are embracing mobile devices. Basically, businesses are expected to invest a lot in mobile devices in the following years, with yearly tablet purchases estimated to grow by three times by 2016, which should equal about 53 million units.

Gartner foresees an easy third place for Windows 8-powered tablets, following Apple and Android, who are said to be the big winners. It seems like transitioning Windows to a more touchscreen-oriented OS was very wise by Steve Ballmer and company, as Gartner believes that it is exactly tablet devices that will allow Windows 8 to penetrate deeply into the business market. The reasoning behind this is that businesses are typically more careful when it comes to updating their desktop PCs to new versions of Windows.

In terms of smartphones, though, Android is to continue popping up in employees' hands. By 2016, the Android handsets in the business environment should account for about 56%, up from today's 34%. Still, Gartner seems convinced that Apple's iOS will not lose market share to Android, and it, too, will actually continue to gain.

via: TechCrunch

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25 Comments

1. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Tablets are a waste if you have a phone and a laptop. I returned the one I had within a couple days of buying one.

5. MeoCao unregistered

Agreed, I tried iPad but it was sooo boring I quit just after 2 minutes.

8. buccob

Posts: 2973; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I agree though I want to get the PadFone 2... so it does not truly counts as a tablet I guess... but when I feel the need to browse/play/chat/video on a big screen I will surely use it as one... And my laptops is mostly use for browsing and home personal working

9. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Me2®©

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I like how he said tablets, but u singled out the iPad lol. Nice way to sneak n the fact that u hate apple. Kudos on that one.

20. MeoCao unregistered

LOL I told the truth that's all, you are too sensitive and obssessed with everything Apple.

14. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I thought that's what being a nerd was about...having all kinds of technology. Just kidding...I found that I use my iPad for browsing the web when I'm on the couch or in any other random place. eBooks and movies probably frequent my tab the most. Those and the occasional game. But I'm constantly reading no matter if I'm on my phone, computer, or iPad. I guess it wouldn't work for everyone...

16. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Mine was an all inclusive statement so you didn't really agree with me. I didn't need to single out any particular one because they're all a waste of money in my eyes if you own a decent laptop and a decent phone.

25. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

All the problems are solved with the release of hybrid laptops. i'm gonna get one of those.

18. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I can see the windows 8 pro pad changing that opinion, with time.. Imagine your laptop being a fully capable windows TABLET when you want it to be.. in the office environment, you can easily take it to meetings, scribe notes on it with the touch screen.. it's small and easily portable. Attach the keyboard, and it quickly becomes the lap top you love so much.. that's where I see things going. However, right now.. I totally agree with you. I see almost no value in the iPad and Android pads.. well until the Nexus 7 arrived.. I would use one for reading and light surfing. NOT worth $500+ that Apple charges!

26. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

but there is already "mini" laptops for portability so a tablet really is kind of redundant.......cept for the touch screen part i guess

3. MeoCao unregistered

I think Android will get more market share from iOS as more devices will run ICS and JB and Google Play improves. iOS will fight back and as they cannot innovate they will lower the price to make things more interesting. WP? MS will throw out a lot of money to save it but things do not look good.

7. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Well said, and i agree. +1®©

4. crapdroid666

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

epic times ahead for Apple desktop computing. windows desktop had the productivity edge, but threw that away by dumbing down the system, making Windows 8 less productive that apple desktop computers. well done microsoft. Bring back Gates!

6. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

its been 10 years for W12345678, and its still failing. Why you think WP8 will revive?

19. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Windows still has the HUGE edge in the corporate world.. I don't see that changing any time soon. Consequently.. schools still lean towards teaching kids the windows tools.. my grade school kids are now heavily into creating MS word documents and powerpoint presentations for school.. not an Apple product in sight for them. It's going to be a long time before there is a change and MS stops being the predominant force in business.. which flows down to schools..

10. ilia1986 unregistered

Android will continue to evovle via innovation. iOS will become the new Symbian - a basic smartphone platform for the older, more conservative people. WP8 will be the new popular integrated system.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol good one

24. ilia1986 unregistered

Say what you will. By 2015 iOS will have ~ 16% market share.

17. goodvalue

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 06, 2012

So far WP7 is the biggest OS failure of all WM6 is not a success either not to mention Windows CE, Windows whatever phone WP8 success is a hype. WP8 WILL surely fail

21. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I would counter that webOS and MeeGo are greater "failures" than WP7. WIndows Mobile was extremely popular for a while until simpler solutions subplanted it, as well as a drive for consumers to acquire smartphones and smartphone-like devices, thus making the smartphone no longer exclusive to the business world. I see ios turning into the blackberry or Symbian of the mobile OS world, as folks find better-performing, more intuitive, and more capable alternatives and their continued boredom with the platform has already indicated the beginnings of the trend away from apple. Apple will either decrease their pricing (unlikely) or do a massive overhaul and follow, as ever, in Microsoft's footsteps with a unified system for mobile and desktop needs.

11. FranksGT

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

Sorry but WP8 is just beefed up WP7, no big changes besides more complex to use, and lack of basics. The system as a whole has a good clean look, just overall harder to use and lacks the app market.

23. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

If you got rid of the fluff and cloned apps from ios and Android's stores, you'd have around the same number. Windows doesn't need apps as it does most things well out-of-the-box, and can use the excellent browser to accomplish tasks, rather than relying on a third-party app to do things. Many apps are being ported to WP8, and since it shares its kernel with W8, will be easily ported up or down the scale. You may complain about certain apps missing, but there's little need for them: instagram is twitter for illiterates, spotify is streaming music for pretentious people who refuse to use Pandora, Slacker, Xbox Music, or (if they have a Nokia) Nokia Music, few play Draw Something anymore, etc etc. Sure there may not be banking apps or ones specific for one business or another, but most (if not more) stuff can be accomplished on their webpages anyway.

15. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

So it will be ...mac computers ...windows 8 tablets ....android phones

22. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

...why would you need a mac computer if you have a Windows 8 one? More expensive, no truly special software or advantages anymore, more buggy and more security holes.

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