Mobile devices are increasingly becoming the first go-to device for communications and content consumption.
In the emerging economies, analyst firm Gartner claims users are adopting smartphones as their exclusive mobile devices while in developed economies, multi-device households are becoming the norm, with tablets growing at the fastest rate of any computing device.
As such, Gartner predicts that, by 2018, more than 50 percent of users will go to a tablet or smartphone first for all online activities.
“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,” says Van Baker, research vice president, Gartner.
“This behaviour will adapt to incorporate wearables as they become widely available for users.
"As voice, gesture and other modalities grow in popularity with consumers, and as content consumption tasks outweigh content creation tasks, this will further move users away from the PC.”
Gartner outlined key predictions around mobility:
By 2018, 40 percent of enterprises will specify Wi-Fi as the default connection for nonmobile devices, such as desktops, desk phones, projectors, conference room
“Ethernet cabling has been the mainstay of the business workspace connectivity since the beginning of networking," adds Ken Dulaney, vice president and distinguished analyst, Gartner.
"However, as smartphones, laptops, tablets and other consumer devices have multiplied, the consumer space has largely converted to a wireless-first world.
"As bring your own device (BYOD) has increased in many organisations, the collision of the business and consumer worlds has changed workers' demands.”