"Early adopters tend to leave the home laptop in the bag and are abandoning the home office in favor of the lounge room couch or bedroom to do online activities in a more comfortable environment using a tablet or smartphone. This early adopter trend is becoming mainstream consumer behavior. Consequently, technology and service providers are faced with no alternative but to innovate for mobility. If they do nothing, they face a potential train wreck as consumers abandon gadgets, services and applications that do not fully support changing mobile lifestyles."
see Gartner Says Mobility Is Reshaping Consumer Gadget Spending and Behavior
Along with this shift is a total stall in adoption of Wintel. Households with a desktop PC are stuck at 60% as the old machines cling to life but are not replaced. Meanwhile the mobile gadgets have a huge share of households. There is some life in notebooks but they grew just 37% while tablets grew 500%. This year, the contest will be over. Between the tablets and the smartphones, few will have a need for a Wintel PC. ASP has come down 12% for desktops and notebooks in one year. There’s not much room to decline further without M$ taking a big hit. Obviously the high-priced Ultrabooks are not making a dent.
Last evening I tried to do a lot with a smartphone. I had difficulty working a web-application to insert data or to query a database but viewing the data was not a problem even on a tiny screen. I scrolled. I zoomed. … while I sat in a stuffed chair in front of the TV. That took care of that. I can’t read a screen anyway. I needed particular numbers and paragraphs of text. A smartphone works. A tablet works better. A tablet with a keyboard works better than a desktop/notebook PC idling.
This shift is not a blip or something temporary. It is here to stay and it means */Linux finally is taking huge share of client PCs of all kinds. No one can say that FLOSS is not mainstream because there already hundreds of millions of units in place and growing rapidly.