Phablets are not a phad
Deloitte predicts that in 2014 shipments of phablets will represent a quarter of smartphones sold, or 300 million units. This is double the 2013 volume, and ten times 2012 sales. However, 2014 might be the peak year for phablets, as most users will not want such a large device.
Short messaging services versus instant messaging
Deloitte predicts that in 2014 instant messaging (MIM) services on mobile phones will carry more than twice the volume of messages sent via a short messaging service (SMS). This is a significantly greater ratio than in 2012, when 1.1 instant messages were sent for every text message.
The smartphone generation gap
Deloitte predicts that in 2014 the over-55s will be the age group experiencing the fastest year-on-year increase in smartphone penetration across developed markets. Ownership should rise to between 45 and 50 percent by year-end, a 25 percent increase from 2013.
‘Ruggedized’ data devices at $250
Deloitte predicts that in 2014 the entry price for ruggedized, connected devices will fall to $250. This will likely have a substantial impact on field force tasks such as car rental check-in inspection, highway inspection and package delivery.
Wearable Computing: Mobile's Next Frontier
The convergence of people, places, devices, and the Web, along with the ability to overlay information and services on physical space and objects, have the potential to transform business and everyday life. But what new challenges might wearable computing technology present for businesses?