Businesses see smartphone use rising, survey shows

Businesses are planning to boost the deployment of smartphones during the next three years, while laptop deployments will slow dramatically, according to survey of 340 companies in the U.S. and Western Europe.

The survey of small and large businesses, released Friday by J. Gold Associates in Northboro, Mass., projected that the use of smartphones in corporate settings will double over the next three years. The survey found that the number of smartphone devices will grow about 30 per cent in the next year, and will have doubled over three years.

The use of business applications on smartphones is also projected to grow, by 71 per cent over one year and 196 per cent over three years.

Gold also found that businesses expect to see no growth in the number of laptops they deploy during the next year and only 25 per cent growth over three years. The growth rates are higher for access to corporate applications from laptops, which are slated to rise by 75 per cent in one year and 100 per cent over three years.

A synopsis of the report did not detail the number of smartphones and laptops in the market today, but it did note that business deployment of smartphones will increase at four times the rate of laptops in three years; the number of applications on smartphones is expected to grow at twice the rate of applications deployed to laptops.

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