Analysts are predicting big thing for the Smartphone and Tablet PC markets in 2013, having estimated that up to 1.2 billion unit sales will be made – the highest in history. The figure represents a quite enormous leap from the 821 million devices expected to have been sold by the end of 2012, and is thought to be influenced by the way in which IT departments and businesses in general are succumbing to the demand of their workers.
According to analysts at Gartner, something of a “Bring You Own Device” policy at thousands of businesses has revolutionized the way in which their mobile technology provisions are sourced. Demand for devices like Apple’s iPhone, the iPad and various Android devices has seen numerous organizations and businesses largely taken over by today’s market-leaders.
The latest round of estimates for 2013 also suggests that at least 70% of all mobile technology devices sold will fall under the “Smart” heading, which basically means Tablet PCs and Smartphones. They also predict that at least 60% of the mobile workforce will carry Smartphones.
Analysts across the board seem to be in agreement that 2013 will represent the year of the Tablet PC like never before, with Tablets playing a crucial role in extending the mobility of many companies and workforces. It has been estimated that businesses alone will invest in no less than 13 million Tablet PCs by the end of 2012, which will skyrocket to 39 million annual sales over the next four years.
While it isn’t expected that Tablet PCs will replace PCs and laptops for most of the businesses adopting them, Gartner analysts state that the increasing popularity and widespread use of Tablets is making the technology impossible to overlook.
In addition, Gartner also predicts that Google’s Android mobile OS will account for over 56% of the market for business Smartphones in the US and Europe by 2016 – a massive leap from the 34% expected for 2012.