Smartphones will become smarter in 2017 - Deloitte

Wednesday 11 January 2017 | 14:27 CET | News

More than  300 million smartphones, one-fifth of all sold, will have machine-learning capacities in 2017, according to Deloitte’s TMT Predictions. The devices will be increasingly self-learning, using powerful forms of artificial intelligence. Flexible subscription form IT-as-a-Service will also go on the rise, the report said. Deloitte expects almost USD 550 billion will be given to IT-as-a-service by the end of 2018. round 35 percent of all IT spending will be done under a flexible model, with the market taking off rapidly after 2017.

Deloitte also expects tablet sales this year to stagnate at 165 million units sold, down 10 percent from the year before at 182 million units. Deloitte explained that while tablets are being used for various online activities, but for none of these is the tablet considered a favourite device.

The study also sees 5G becoming more of a reality, as concrete steps bring launch closer. In addition, fingerprint and touch technology for fast and secure payments will be used 1 billion times for the first time ever. Finally, vinyl LPs will continue to grow in popularity, with revenues set to hit USD 1 billion this year.

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