Phones to overtake PCs as most popular web browsers

Checking your emails and Tweeting your life away will soon all be done from the confines of your smartphone according to analysts.


Gartner who forecast the changing browsing habits suggests the increasingly popularity (and decreasing cost) of smartphones such as the recently-launched Google Nexus One and Apple’s iPhone, means one thing mainly – the widespread availability of fast and easy-to-use mobile web browsers.


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And with those rumours of a soon-to-be-launched iPhone 4G building up a head of steam, the smartphone market is sure to get even more interesting (and busy) later in 2010.


Gartner dates the ‘tipping poing’ when phones become more popular than traditional desktop and laptop PCs as 2013, when the analysts claim that browser-equipped phones will exceed 1.83 billion, compared with 1.78 billion PCs worldwide.


Perhaps most interestingly, Gartner claims that a fifth of businesses will "own no IT assets" by 2012, preferring instead to rely on cloud-based services and letting employees use their own PCs for work.


We won’t be dumping our desktops for some time yet though, as Gartner adds that PCs will still be most peoples’ primary browsing device until a few years later at some point in 2015.


Link: Tech Radar


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