UK regulator Ofcom has published the result of its annual survey, and it makes interesting reading for those interested in the future of consumer computing.
The face-to-face survey of around 3,750 adults shows that the home computing market appears to have been rather steady of the last few years, with 63% of users owning laptops and 28% own tablets in 2018, while tablet ownership was at 58%. The graph, however, makes it clear that Desktop PC ownership has seen a steady trend downwards, even if this was slowing, and that the days of the explosive growth in tablet ownership are over. Overall 83% of users owned large-screened computing devices.
Interestingly that is still above the level of smartphone ownership, which, while still growing steadily, currently stands at 78%.
The survey demonstrates that one device does not necessarily replace another, with users much more likely to own multiple computers of whatever form and use them in a complementary way.
The full survey can be seen here.