When did laptops become a burden?
As the computing power available on smartphones increases and tablets enable a new range of interactions, the tools in our pockets are effectively replacing their decidedly bulkier predecessors. With 84% of companies supporting BYOD and 89% of employees citing remote work options as a main reason for employment, functional mobile computing options will be an increasingly sought after tool for the employee of the future.
With the specialization of cloud enterprise solutions and the onslaught of business apps tied to the cloud, mission critical functions have drastically improved. While in the past, most apps and programs operated locally, cloud developments are now allowing devices to access computing power remotely. And the marketplace is responding to this shift. Consider that mobile app development outnumbers PC development projects by 4 to 1. Whether it is a single factor or perfect storm of price point, mobility and speed, the scales have been tipped from desktops to mobile devices.
Tablets have become a functional complement to mobile phones, with larger displays and canvases for interaction. Devices like the Amazon Kindle and Google Nexus have mirrored the form function of books with their pocket-size, while iPads hype their visual clarity. Tablets seems to offer the speed and functionality that mobile employees seek. With 20% of iPads being purchased for business and expected to grow exponentially, we’re only seeing the leading edge of this wave.
Check out some of the new devices and future form factors that are changing the face of functional computing:
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