Quick rundown on the latest mobile IT news for Monday, 3/3 including: why migrating banner ads to mobile is a bad idea for marketers, Freescale Semiconductor creates a new microcontroller for wearables, tablets gain ground in 2013 as a whole while Apple shrinks, speedier 802.11ac access helps grow WLAN gear revenue and Apple's plans to expand its product line-up.
The smart connected device market surged 9.7 percent in Europe last year, fueled by strong demand for tablets, particularly around the holidays, according to the latest IDC stats.
Despite concerns that the tablet growth might slow, IHS Technology is forecasting that tablet production will surge 25 percent this year compared with last year. Overall, IHS expects production of connected devices will top 6 billion units this year.
Shipments of tablet LCD panels are forecast by HIS Technology to slow in the first quarter after surging 43 percent year-over-year in December to reach 31.1 million panels shipped in the month.
Enterprise purchases of tablets are forecast by IDC to accelerate in mature markets in 2014 and beyond, while consumer purchases are expected to slow due to market saturation and greater competition for the consumer dollar.
Today's smartphones are data hogs compared with those in years past, with iPhones devouring the most data, according to Actix data.
Growth in tablet sales, particularly in emerging markets, has led to the worst decline in PC market history, according to the latest stats from Gartner.
Increasing use of smartphones and tablets is fueling growth of global outdoor Wi-Fi gear market, which TechNavio estimates will increase at a 15 percent compound annual growth rate through 2018.
Tablets are expected to become an increasingly important platform for in-app mobile advertising, says Juniper Research.
As employees come back to work after the holiday break, they will be bringing the smartphones and tablets they received as gifts to the workplace and CIOs need to be prepared.