Quick Note: 1.2 Billion Smartphones, Tablets to Be Purchased Globally in 2013
November 6, 2012 10:31 AM
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Big growth coming in the enterprise segment
In 2013, research firm Gartner believes that 1.2 billion smartphones and tablets combine will be purchased around the world. The research firm predicts 821 million smart devices will be sold this year.
Gartner is also predicting that tablet sales to businesses will grow substantially in the coming years as businesses start to adopt the form-factor, albeit at a slower rate than consumers. Gartner predicts that Windows 8 will be the third most popular operating system for tablets by 2016 behind iOS and Android OS.
Analysts at Gartner are also predicting two-thirds of the mobile workforce will have smartphones by 2016 and that Android OS will be the leader in the enterprise environment accounting for 56% of smartphones purchased by businesses in North America and Europe by 2016. Apple devices will continue to grow in the enterprise segments.
“Today the wide range of brands and price points that the Android ecosystem offers is winning over users. While Apple remains the heartbeat by which the market moves, Google has rapidly become its archrival,” said Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner, in a statement.
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11/6/2012 11:53:22 AM
I agree with you, but Microsoft has a FANTASTIC opportunity to make some inroads in the business segment. The reason people are using iDevices in a business environment is because Microsoft isn't really producing a compelling device for enterprises. This may change with Microsoft's new phone and surface tablet though. Hopefully with the new mobile devices (phones and tablets) I'd have the ability to manage them through SCCM and control security parameters through a GPO while still giving a great user experience. THAT'S were Microsoft needs to focus their efforts. Not the consumer area.
11/11/2012 11:59:38 AM
MS has to get the UI interface right before proceeding with the government and large enterprises. RIM who use to be the only gov. contract now shares them with Apple and Android OEMs.
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