A woman holds a Sony Xperia Z2 tablet at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 26, 2014. (REUTERS/Albert Gea)
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Mobile world prods tablets to get off the sofaBigger than a telephone yet smaller than a personal computer, tablets were supposed to usher in a new world of mobility; yet they have hardly budged off the couch.According to Informa, only 20 percent of tablets are connected to the mobile network, the rest relying on wifi.In 2012, a poll by Google showed that only 21 percent of users took their tablets out of the home.Technology research group Gartner Inc. found in a September 2013 survey that people use their tablets mostly between 7pm and 10pm, probably while watching television.Tablets may finally break free of the home, however, as sales grow of mini tablets, which are easier to carry around.
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