The mobile revolution
The Digital Revolution is already here. There has been a fundamental change in how people use communication networks all over the planet.
Look at the statistics:
there were only
smartphones (all makes and operating systems) sold worldwide.
that had more tha doubled, at just under
While the uptake did not continue exponentially (if it had, we'd all be knee-deep in discarded phones), it continues to accelerate by an extra
smartphones sold all over the world. More than
ten times the volume of 2007
and all experts expect that trend to continue indefinitely.
there will be
smartphone users globally. Click
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Tablets and larger-scale mobile devices
came later to the field than smartphones, despite having been invented first. They show the same scale of growth as smartphones, even if they still lag behind a bit:
saw just 19.4 million tablets (all makes and operating systems) sold worldwide.
More than 200 million tablets were sold in
and by 2015 it was more than 350 million units.
Both trends look to be quite sustainable, as markets in China, the Middle East and Africa are nowhere near saturated. In fact, the lack of a traditional communications infrastructure in many parts of the developing world, and highly fractured infrastructure throught Asia (due as much to economic and political boundaries as actual lack of communications structures) means that many consumers in those areas rely on mobile networks and mobile devices as their primary or even only communications links.