In a world where it seems everyone is walking around while looking at a smartphone, it’s not surprising that Gartner predicts a majority of people will use a mobile device first for all online activities within two years.

That’s one glimpse of the future the analyst firm shares in its report, “Predicts 2015: Mobile and Wireless.”

People around the globe increasingly say no to machines connected to the internet by a cable, preferring the freedom offered by WiFi and cellular phone networks. Gartner says in emerging economies, the smartphone is the preferred device for getting online, while in developed economies, it’s common for families to have multiple mobile devices, with tablet ownership growing at the fastest rate.

“The use pattern that has emerged for nearly all consumers, based on device accessibility, is the smartphone first as a device that is carried when mobile, followed by the tablet that is used for longer sessions, with the PC increasingly reserved for more-complex tasks,” said Van Baker, Gartner research vice president. “This behavior will adapt to incorporate wearables as they become widely available for users. As voice, gesture and other modalities grow in popularity with consumers, and as content consumption tasks outweigh content creation tasks, this will further move users away from the PC.”

Other findings shared in the report include:

By 2018, 40 percent of business enterprises will make WiFi the default connection for desktops, desk phones, printers and other nonmobile devices.

Improvements in encryption security and speed is making WiFi look much more appealing than ethernet networks, which require costly cable routing and limit the arrangements and of connected devices.

“Additions, moves and changes are costly inconveniences that waste time for enterprise IT organizations. A move can sometimes involve cabling changes that can cost as much as $1,000 to route and configure a connector to the right place,” said Gartner analyst Ken Dulaney. “With Wi-Fi printers, desktops and other devices, all that is required is a cable to the power source, leaving workers free to move themselves making reconfigurations of offices easier. Because of these many benefits, we expect many organizations to shift to a wireless-by-default and a wired-by-exception model.”

By 2020, 75 percent of smartphone buyers will be able to purchase a device for less than $100.

As more Chinese manufacturers enter the market and as sales level off for premium smartphones, Gartner expects the average selling prices for basic smartphones to be $78 by 2018. Other factors helping to bring down smartphone prices will be subsidies or sponsorships related to purchases made using the phones, or the payment systems used by phone owners.

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