IDC says the iPhone's growth will moderate because the popular device will have saturated many markets around the world.
The LTE smartphone survives its immigration challenge and becomes available to customers this weekend; the LTE network requires a longer wait.
Mobile payments will reach $171 billion globally in 2012, and $617 billion in 2016, according to research firm Gartner.
Samsung, the biggest maker of Android devices, is already trying to sell both tablets and smartphones for workplaces, while Lenovo is doing the same with tablets.
Apple and Android devices make up 82% of those shipped to retailers in the first quarter of 2012, IDC reports.
Fully 95% of 600 businesses surveyed by Cisco permit the use of employee-owned smartphones and tablets at the office and found productivity gains for workers.
Adoption of Android tablets and smartphones in business is "severely limited" because of the complexities of managing the various Android models, a Gartner report asserts.
Google is reportedly moving to more direct sales of its Android smartphones and tablets in an apparent move to wrest control away from wireless carriers that install their own services on Android gear or block Google apps like Google Wallet.
If Intel-based Windows 8 tablets launch in November, as one informed source expects, Microsoft would face a narrow window to play a role in the important holiday sales period.
Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are expected to launch new models in coming months -- Here's what the summer portends in new tablets.
Research in Motion's BlackBerry 7 smartphones have been approved for use by the Department of Defense, the company announced this week.