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Deloitte: 300 Million Smartphones to Feature Machine Learning in 2017

Wednesday Jan 11th 2017 by Developer.com Staff

The analyst firm made several predictions that could affect the mobile development industry.

Deloitte has released its Global Predictions 2017 report, which forecasts a number of technological advancements that could impact mobile development pros. Most notably, the company anticipates that 300 million smartphones sold in 2017 — about 20 percent of total expected sales — will have neural networks and machine learning capabilities built in.

Other interesting predictions from the report included the following:

  • Tablet sales will decrease to 160 million units in 2017. "There is no dominant compelling use case for these devices," said the report.
  • More than 1 billion devices in use in 2017will have fingerprint readers.
  • 5G networks, which are currently being built out, will be more disruptive than 4G.
  • The IT as a service cloud computing market will be worth $550 billion by 2018.

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