12 Amazing Facts About Mobility

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-01-2014 Email Print this article Print

"It has become appallingly obvious," Albert Einstein once observed, "that our technology has exceeded our humanity." If that's how the legendary 20th century physicist perceived technology in his day, then you can only wonder what he'd make of the vast ubiquitous presence of mobile technology today. Indeed, it's difficult to think of how we functioned as a society before smartphones, tablets and other devices emerged as mainstream tools. CIOs and other managers, of course, have much at stake here. As reported previously, more and more organizations are carefully examining their mobile strategies. They want to ensure that their employees have the most productive, user-friendly tools at their disposal to further business goals. And they view mobility as a critical pathway toward greater customer connectivity and engagement. Given this, we present the following 12 amazing facts about mobility, including statistics which reflect upon market, usage and enterprise-focused trends. They were compiled from a number of online resources, such as those posted by the Radicati Group, a tech market research firm; and Kinvey, which specializes in Backend as a Service platforms for the purpose of Web and mobile enterprise app deployment. For more about the posting from the Radicati Group, click here. For more about Kinvey's posting, click here.

  • Major Influence

    67% of CIOs and IT professionals believe mobility will impact their organizations as much—or more—than the Internet did in the 1990s.
    Major Influence
  • Vision Void

    85% of enterprises still have no plans to employ a single leader for mobility, despite mobile's anticipated impact upon their organizations.
    Vision Void
  • Well Populated

    The number of worldwide business and consumer mobile users will increase to 6.2 billion by the end of 2018—accounting for 84% of people on Earth—up from 5.6 billion today.
    Well Populated
  • Gadget Growth

    The number of devices will grow from 7.7 billion in 2014 to 12.1 billion by the conclusion of 2018.
    Gadget Growth
  • BYOD-Mania

    One-half of companies will require employees to use their own device for work by 2017.
  • OMG!

    The mobile IM market will grow to more than 3.8 billion accounts by the end of 2018, up from 1.4 billion now.
  • App Explosion

    4.4 billion people will use mobile apps by the conclusion of 2017, growing by nearly 30% every year.
    App Explosion
  • App Inventory

    The Apple App Store and Google Play together offer more than 1.6 million apps.
    App Inventory
  • Robust Market, Part I

    The current app world market—now estimated between $20 billion to $25 billion—will triple by 2017.
    Robust Market, Part I
  • Robust Market, Part II

    Global mobile ad spending is forecast to reach $18 billion this year, up from just over $13 billion in 2013.
    Robust Market, Part II
  • Prime Opportunity

    64% of users with smartphones have made a mobile purchase after seeing a mobile ad.
    Prime Opportunity
  • Top Mobile Activities for U.S. Users

    Social networking: 76%, Obtaining local information: 73%, Getting news updates: 68%, Playing music: 63%, Playing games: 61%
    Top Mobile Activities for U.S. Users
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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