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Phablet adoption increasing, but lack killer apps to drive office use

Consumers are embracing phablet mobile devices, but lack of enterprise apps holding up workplace adoption

By: Michael Hatamoto from Feb 23, 2015 @ 0:30 CST

Phablets could see wider workplace adoption if new apps are created to increase employee productivity, though businesses are taking their time. The current generation of phablets have screen sizes ranging from 5.5- to 6.1-inches, and app developers have more screen space to include additional features.


Business leaders are following consumer adoption of phablets, but are still unsure what to make of the popular mobile devices for employees.

"Enterprise adoption of smartphones, beyond the BlackBerry, was driven initially by [bring-your-own-device] adoption trends," said Charles King, principal analyst of Pund-IT, in a statement to eWEEK. "Phablet sales are following similar trends so there's a likelihood that enterprises will connect the dots in recognizing that large devices will make it easier for workers to do some tasks that weren't effectively supportable on standard-size phones."

There are a growing number of phablets available, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Google Nexus 6, Apple iPhone 6 Plus, Nokia Lumia 1320, Galaxy Note Edge and the LG G Flex 2 - and consumers can expect even more choices to consider in the future.