Demand For Mobility Grew 25% In 2004, Study Says

The increasing demand for mobility led to a surge in sales of laptops and other mobile devices and also will lead to changes in the design of those products, a study says.
The demand for mobility grew significantly in 2004, making it the fastest-growing segment of the PC industry, according to a study released Wednesday by market research firm In-Stat.

In particular, the market for mobility products such as laptops grew 25 percent last year, according to the study. The rapidly increasing demand for mobility is changing the industry and will soon lead to changes in mobile products, the study concluded.

"The changing market dynamics are driving a divide in the desktop market toward either low-cost solutions or high-end, high-performance computing solutions," said Jim McGregor, an analyst with the high-tech market research firm. "Simultaneously, the mobile PC is set for a new revolution in design targeting changing user requirements."

In addition to demanding more mobility, users are also starting to demand changes in their home computing environments to handle things such as streaming media.

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