50 % users to use tablet or smartphone by 2018 for all online activities: Gartner

According to a report by Gartner, around 50 percent of the users will use a tablet or a smartphone for all online activities. The report says that smartphones and tablets are growing at a very fast rate of any computing device.

“The use pattern that has emerged for nearly all consumers, based on device accessibility, is the smartphone first as a device that is carried when mobile, followed by the tablet that is used for longer sessions, with the PC increasingly reserved for more-complex tasks,” said Van Baker, research vice president.

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The report also predicts that by 2018 40 percent of enterprises will specify Wi-Fi as the default connection for non-mobile devices, such as desktops, desk phones, projectors, conference room.

“As bring your own device (BYOD) has increased in many organizations, the collision of the business and consumer worlds has changed workers’ demands.” said Ken Dulaney, vice president, Gartner.

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The report says, Wi-Fi enable workers to choose any device and move anywhere without the cables. Security measures such as 802.1X were first introduced in Wi-Fi, and there have been no reports of any serious break-ins since then, once Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption was introduced.

Another prediction by Gartner is that by 2020, 75 percent of smartphone buyers will pay less than $100 for a device.

Gartner expects the ASP for a basic and a utility phone to be $78 and $25, respectively. Low budget phones are expected to reach approximately $35 unsubsidized by year-end 2014.

In the developing markets, high-end smartphone shipments are expected to slow down, as the enhanced features of those phones have less value to most buyers.

Gartner also expects that by 2018, more than half of all B2E mobile apps will be created by enterprise business analysts using codeless tools.

The report says mobile application development platforms (MADPs) are introducing graphical tools for the design of screens, workflow and data sources to reduce the scope of possible projects.


Vishal Kawadkar



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