According to Gartner Inc, sales of smartphone and tablet computers will surpass the one billion mark by 2013, as sales for 2012 are already making its way to 821 million. The technology research and advisory firm said that they expect sales of smart device to be around 1.2 billion by next year.
Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner, explained that although these smart devices will not replace the desktop computers, more consumers especially businesses, will embrace the technology and look into strategies that will maximize the use of the said devices, making them even more ubiquitous.
The Stamford-based research firm also forecasted that “two-thirds of the mobile workforce” will own a smartphone by 2016. Milanesi notes that tablets will also be more pronounced as a business tool, with over 13 million already in used this year. By 2016, the numbers are expected to rise to 53 million.
Android-devices would still take a lion’s share of the smartphone market in the coming years. Gartner estimates that by 2016, 56% of smartphones used in Europe and North America will be Android-based. Google is challenging tech-giant Apple with its more open smartphone eco-system which is winning more customers.
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