Smartphones have only been around for about a decade. Today there are over three billion smartphone devices in the world. More than one billion tablets including Androids, iPads, and Kindles are out there. Over 400 million laptops are project to ship in 2017 creating an industry with close to 10 billion hardware devices have shipped in the last decade.
So where is this all leading? It seems convergence and hybrids will be the next generation. Smartphone devices which can include applications such as an actual phone (!), text, facetime, camera, GPS, weather, email, music, facebook, banking, calendar, news, alarm clock, fitness monitoring, radio, tracking of sunrise and sunset, dating sites, youtube, shopping sites, web browsing, bill payments and even applications which vibrate when the surf is up at the local beach. Tablets and laptops have large screens which allow for reading and the use of business applications such as Word, Excel.