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A.R., A.I. and 5G to help drive mobile spending through ’21

Global spending on mobile hardware, software and services will rise this year by 3.2% to more than $1.6 trillion, pushed by developments such as augmented reality (AR), artificial intelligence (A.I.) and 5G, according to a new report from IDC.

“Overall, businesses will invest more in new devices and apps that enable A.I. and AR use cases for the business,” Phil Hochmuth, IDG’s program director of Enterprise Mobility, said via email. “On AR, businesses will spend on new mobile devices [and] hardware to help support enterprise use cases, such as medical AR, real-time data/schematic integration in industrial scenarios, etc.”

Spending on AR headsets and smart glasses will also be a part of the spending.

And, when 5G finally becomes a reality, “there will be big device upgrade waves to take advantage of increased bandwidth, security and functionality of 5G,” Hochmuth said.

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