Research firm Gartner estimates sales of smartphones and tablets will total 821 million units this year, and a whopping 1.2 billion next year. With a world population of about 7 billion, this means roughly one out of six of the people on Earth will buy a smart device next year. Full details at TechCrunch.
While businesses have traditionally lagged consumer markets when it comes to adopting new devices, tablet sales to businesses are set to grow substantially in the coming years, according to Gartner. It’s predicting tablet purchases by businesses will grow 3x by 2016 — describing slates as “they key accelerator to mobility” for enterprises. Tablet purchases by businesses will reach 13 million units this year, says Gartner, more than tripling by 2016 to reach 53 million units.
When it comes to the OS wars, the analyst forecasts Microsoft’s Windows 8 will take the number three position in the business tablet market by 2016 — lagging Apple and Android. It says the share of Windows 8 tablets and ultramobiles in businesses will reach 39 percent in 2016, adding that tablets and convertibles will be “the way into businesses for Windows 8? — enterprises being more wary of upgrading Windows on desktop PCs.