By 2020, Ericsson envisions there will be more than 50 billion connected devices. A significant number of these devices will be machine-to-machine (M2M) and connected consumer electronics (CCE), using mobile networks for data communications.
App-based smartphones have changed the way users feel about and interact with their phones. What used to be an important tool has become a personal object, generating strong emotions. A study from Ericsson ConsumerLab shows that users of app-based phones integrate them into most aspects of life, describing the relationship as one of "love" rather than "like".