In 2014, reports started rolling in that tablets were no longer a hot item with consumers. Interest in smartphones was trending upward, but interest in tablets was declining. Naturally, manufacturers were concerned.
Today, it's a very different story. Although the overall shipments of tablets have dropped by 20%, there is an upward trend among consumers worth noting.
Businesses, it seems, love tablets. Based on a recent survey of over 300 U.S. companies, growth was projected in this area. Not just minor growth, either. We're talking around 155% within the next three years. That's huge!
The study was conducted by analyst firm J. Gold Associates. It's 11 pages long and filled with interesting statistics on the shifts we're seeing in modern businesses.
For example, 12% of the companies surveyed claimed they currently rely on a practice called "BYOD," or "Bring Your Own Device." That number is anticipated to grow by 21% over the next three years. Plus, an additional 9% will be using tablets provided by their employers.
Popularity of tablets in the workplace could be growing because they serve a fundamentally different purpose than a tablet used for personal interests.