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.

Mobile smart devices have taken over the technology world, Gartner said, and predicted that by 2017 device categories such as mobile phones, tablets and ultra-mobile PCs will represent more than 80 percent of device spending. Gartner also forecast that by 2017, nearly half of first-time computer purchases will be a tablet.

Shipments of tablet devices were set to grow 59 percent year-over-year in 2013, reaching 229.3 million units, up from 144.5 million units in 2012, according to a forecast from the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. IDC predicted that tablet shipments would exceed those of portable PCs this year. The research firm said it expects tablet shipments to outpace the entire PC market (portables and desktops combined) by 2015.

Tablets surpassing portables in 2013, and total PCs in 2015, marks a significant change in consumer attitudes about compute devices and the applications and ecosystems that power them, said Ryan Reith, program manager for IDC's Mobility Trackers.

Worldwide enterprise app store adoption is expected to triple by 2018, according to a research report from ABI Research. The firm predicted that the number of large enterprises to adopt enterprise app stores will grow at double-digit rates through 2018. Globally, large enterprise app store adoption will increase at 30% year-over-year, with the manufacturing and trade industries commanding the largest share of app deployments.

North American and Western European enterprise app store adoption will grow at 21% and 22%, respectively, the firm said. But Asia-Pacific will have the most enterprises with enterprise app stores by 2018, growing at 59% year-over-year.

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