The future of mobile

Future of Mobile

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As life becomes increasingly dependent on smartphones and tablets, we’ve taken a look at what the future holds for the world of mobile.


Internet users worldwide


The internet is a fast-growing space, with 2.4 billion people set to use it by the end of 2013. Reports suggest that this figure is likely to grow to 3.4 billion by 2016, and as many as 5.4 billion by 2025. It is estimated that the 2025 figure will equate to approximately 66% of the world’s population by that point.


The growth of mobile use

Naturally, as the internet expands, so too will the number of internet-enabled mobile devices. In 2013, it is thought that 17% of all connections to the internet have been made by mobile devices. Fast forward to 2015 and this figure rises to 80%.

Reports show that 73% of the UK currently own a smartphone – a number that is expected to rise to 96% by 2017. Looking at similar figures for tablet adoption rates, 28% of the UK currently use a tablet – but this could almost double to 53% by 2017.

In 2012, 60 million people connected to the internet using a mobile 4G connection, but by 2017, this will have rocketed to 992 million.

Meanwhile, 81,442,000,000 apps will be downloaded in 2013, compared with 309,606,000,000 in 2016.

Using mobiles with money

Mobiles are increasingly being seen as the natural replacement for credit and debit cards, and it’s easy to see why when reports suggest that 50% of all transactions will be made by mobile by the close of this decade.

However, it’s worth noting that mobile transactions are already a large part of our lives, with 200 million mobile payments made in 2012 (worth $163bn), 245 million payments estimated by the end of 2013 ($235bn), and 450 million payments predicted in 2017 ($721bn).

The mobile ecosystem overall was thought to be worth $1,551bn last year – a figure that is set to rise to $1,951bn by 2017.

The Internet of Things

The mobile internet is already linked to plenty of our everyday items, but this is expected to grow hugely over the coming seven years – so much so that the nickname ‘The Internet of Things’ is now used to describe this development.

In 2012, 8.7 billion things were connected to the internet, and it is thought that this figure will rise to 10.5 billion this year. Ultimately, this will reach 50 billion connections by 2020.


As an example of the effect this will have on our lives, by 2040, 70% of cars will be driverless thanks to mobile internet tech.