An increasing number of North American businesses are realizing the value of deploying mobile software applications for use by their workers. In fact, in a recent Frost & Sullivan Mobile Applications survey, 73% of respondents reported already having one or more employee-facing mobile applications in place. The bulk of these users – 48% of the total survey sample – have from one to 10 apps deployed to some degree.
via Frost & Sullivan
The Middle East and Africa (MEA) media tablet market recorded a 2% quarterly decline in shipments during the second quarter of 2014 to total 3.95 million units, according to IDC. However, the MEA market remains the world’s fastest growing region as it continues to be an area of focus.
Digi-Capital research shows over 20 “billion dollar” mobile internet companies already. There’s a lot to play for within the mobile internet arena, with forecasts of $700 billion revenue by 2017 and records of more than $47 billion M&A — and $14 billion new investment in the 12 months to Q2 2014.
Phablets are smartphones with screen sizes from 5.5 to less than 7 inches in diameter. According to the latest market study by IDC, phablet shipments will reach 175 million units worldwide in 2014, passing the 170 million portable PCs expected to ship during the same period.
Following a second consecutive quarter of softer than expected demand, IDC has once again lowered its worldwide media tablet plus 2-in-1 forecast for 2014 to 233.1 million units.
Based upon their latest market study, they now forecast a 6.5 percent year-over-year growth rate.
The media tablet market in India is showing the signs of recovery in Q2 2014, after a sharp decline in the past couple of quarters. Tablet market shipments in India stood at 0.86 million units in Q2 2014 — that’s a quarter-on-quarter growth of 9% over Q1 2014.
Google Android continues to be the most preferred tablet operating system.
Overall worldwide PC shipments are expected to fall by -3.7 percent in 2014, that’s a slight improvement from the previous forecast of -6 percent, according to IDC. Notebook PCs have made some progress addressing tablet competition with more slim, touch, and low-cost models available.
Growth of Chromebooks is also contributing to the PC outlook.