As per a recent survey, more than a third of all adults (34%) use their smartphone within five minutes of waking up, which is a figure that takes a sharp rise to almost half (49%) of those aged 18-24. While there are many important factors, but the biggest contributor to this has been subscriptions to the high-speed 4G mobile internet, which was first introduced in the UK in 2012.
4G Subscriptions: providing easy access to 4G speed networks to India, one of the youngest and most populous countries in the world made smartphone usage rise eightfold from 2.7 million in the last quarter of 2013 to 23.6 million in the last quarter of 2014, as it became more widespread.
Better Security: In fact, it’s been jokingly stated that most malware appears on a windows PC with willing cooperation from an unsuspecting user, hence Android is fast emerging as a safer alternative for browsing.
Better Ergonomy: Microsoft’s new ‘Surface Studio’ had a built-in hinge that allows it to lie nearly flat. These emergency measures are needed more since the PC market has now shrunk 25% over the past five years. Unlike laptops, you can easily read something off a smartphone while sleeping on your sides.
Microsoft almost encourages copycat behavior in the competitive PC market; after all, imitation, is indeed the best form of flattery. While one is busy predicting the future of the PC it is important first to stop and understand just why the future of the PC may be in danger. The advent of the smartphones may have sounded the death knell to this once evergreen market, yet hope still shines brightly.