November 6, 2012 – Sales of smartphones and tablets will surpass the 1 billion mark for the first time in 2013, as enterprises play an advancing role in equipping their employees for mobile work, according to a new Gartner Research mobile market assessment.

Gartner expects 821 million smartphones and tablets to be sold worldwide in 2012, and foresees smart devices to represent nearly three-fourths of all mobile devices sold this year. Looking beyond next year, Gartner estimated that 40 percent of the workforce will be mobile and that two-thirds of the mobile workforce will own a smartphone by 2016.

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