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Smartphone and tablet sales to top one billion in 2013

Accounting for 70 percent of devices sold
Tue Nov 06 2012, 11:01

BLUESTOCKING RESEARCH OUTFIT Gartner has predicted that sales of smart devices will top one billion in 2013, accounting for 70 percent of devices sold.

Commenting on the "unstoppable force" that is the smart device industry, Gartner said it expects smartphone and tablet sales to surpass 821 million this year before hitting the one billion milestone in 2013.

Gartner also talked about the increasing use of smart device in the workplace, saying that although they will not entirely replace PCs, smartphones and tablets are changing the way businesses approach device strategies.

"In 2016, two-thirds of the mobile workforce will own a smartphone, and 40 percent of the workforce will be mobile," said Carolina Milanesi, Gartner research VP.

"Tablets will be the key accelerator to mobility. Gartner estimates that in 2012 purchases of tablets by businesses will reach 13 million units and will more than triple by 2016, to reach 53 million units."

Gartner reaffirmed the popularity of Android, saying that it expects 56 percent of smartphones bought by businesses to run Google's operating system.

"Today the wide range of brands and price points that the Android ecosystem is offering is winning over users. While Apple remains the heartbeat by which the market moves, Google has rapidly become its archrival," Milanesi said.

Gartner said the increasing popularity in Android could pose a massive issue for Blackberry maker RIM, which once owned the business smartphone market.

"It is clear that RIM has a huge challenge ahead in regaining its key presence in the enterprise," said Milanesi. µ


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