The past year has seen a frenzy of activity in the mobile apps and devices market, with a slew of product announcements from hardware and software vendors. It was also a year that saw lots of analysis of the industry. Here’s a summary of findings and observations on the mobile market from leading IT research and analysis firms:

Gartner Inc. pronounced the beginning of a new era, the “Digital Industrial Economy,” with mobile technology playing a major role. The Digital Industrial Economy will be built on the foundations of a “Nexus of Forces” — which includes a confluence and integration of cloud, social collaboration, mobile and information — and the Internet of Everything by combining the physical world and the virtual, according to Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president and global head of research at Gartner.

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