The popularity of smartphones has taken the information technology (IT) industry by storm. Employees worldwide are embracing these powerful devices to connect to family, friends, coworkers and the internet anywhere, regardless of location. As people become more comfortable with their personal gadgets, they are taking them to work, prompting more businesses to support bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives.
The smartphone’s rise in the mobile world has come at the expense of feature phones. A recent IDC report said that the global mobile phone market increased 4 percent year over year during the first quarter of 2013, totaling roughly 419 million shipments. For the first time in history, smartphone shipments passed feature handsets, reaching more than 216 million units.
“Phone users want computers in their pockets. The days where phones are used primarily to make phone calls and send text messages are quickly fading away,” said Kevin Restivo, IDC senior research analyst. “As a result, the balance of smartphone power has shifted to phone makers that are most dependent on smartphones.”
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Companies that want to support a mobile and happy workforce should consider having BYOD initiatives in place. Technologies make up a crucial aspect of organizations of all types and these systems can be disrupted at any time, damaging employee productivity. Paired with cloud computing, smartphones and other gadgets allow staff members unprecedented access to work-related documents, regardless of location. Even if a business is forced to close its office for an extended period of time, personnel remain connected to the firm.
In 2012, the popularity of smartphones among consumers and employees reached new heights. A Gartner report said that phone sales last year surpassed 1.7 billion units, declining 1.7 percent from 2011. The demand for smartphones, however, was impressive, totaling roughly 208 million units in the fourth quarter alone, growing more than 38 percent from the same period during the previous year.
Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner, noted that Apple and Samsung have asserted themselves as the leaders in the global smartphone race. Although other vendors have comparable offerings to these two businesses, they have not struck a chord with consumers on this level.
The IT industry is always experiencing new trends as innovative technologies and developments enter the fold. The use of smartphones and other mobile devices appears to be part of the tech sector’s current and future landscape.