Mobile Devices, Multiple Gadgets Taking Over the World: Sophos
Consumers around the globe are carrying an ever-higher number of mobile devices, according to a Sophos survey.A worldwide survey of more than 2,200 mobile device users suggests gadgets are a dominant and irreplaceable part of our modern lives, with an average user carrying 2.9 devices, according to security specialist Sophos. Of the 2,226 respondents (the majority of whom represent Australia, Canada, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom), residents of Germany on average carry the most devices, with an average of 3.1. They are also most likely to carry notebooks, whereas Americans, Australians, the British and Canadians are most likely to carry smartphones. Americans carried the second-highest number of devices with three, followed by Canada and the U.K., each with an average of 2.7, and then Australia, with an average of 2.6 devices. The largest number of devices carried by a respondent in the Sophos survey was 12. The smartphone is by far the most popular device carried by survey respondents (85 percent), while the e-reader is the least popular (29 percent). Sandwiched in the middle were notebooks (68 percent), tablets (48 percent), and MP3 players (40 percent).
If Microsoft is struggling to break into a tablet market dominated by Apple and Google Android devices, it has a lock on the notebook market, with Windows as the most popular notebook operating system (OS), with nearly half (49 percent) of the market, more than twice that of Mac (22 percent) and six times more than Linux (8 percent).