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Growing reliance on smartphones, tablets over PCs, laptops

The shift towards mobile technology from desktop PCs and laptops continues, with consumers showing increasing reliance on mobile tech
By: Michael Hatamoto | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones News | Posted: Dec 8, 2014 11:18 pm

The shift from desktop PCs and laptops to smartphones and tablets isn't necessarily new, and will only continue in the future. More than 50 percent of users will turn to their smartphone or tablet for online activity instead of a laptop or PC, according to the Gartner research group.




Each new generation of mobile devices, with wearables also entering the mix, are becoming more intuitive with voice and gesture input.


"The use pattern that has emerged for nearly all consumers [including workers], based on device accessibility, is the smartphone first as a device that is carried when mobile, followed by the tablet that is used in longer sessions, with the PC increasingly reserved for more complex tasks," said Van Baker, Gartner research vice president.


It's an ironic time for the report, because the PC industry - which has been in a downward spiral - has saw shipment decline slowdown in recent quarters.


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