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Mobile computing is on the rise for lawyers and smartphones and tablets are becoming the preferred interfaces of choice. In fact, according to Kevin O’Keefe at Real Lawyers Have Blogs, last year smartphones use overtook that of regular mobile phones, crossing the 50% mark for the first time (ComScore Report).
And, mobile interfaces are quickly catching up to desktops as the interface of choice, with 37% of people using mobile devices as their preferred interface. So it’s not surprising to learn that as far back as the fourth quarter of 2010, the smartphone market surpassed the PC market, selling 101 million mobile devices compared to 92 million PCs (IDC).
Lawyers aren’t immune to this trend and are jumping on the mobile bandwagon as well as reported in the American Bar Association’s 2012 Legal Tech Survey.
According to the report, a whopping 89% of lawyers now use smartphones. And, one of the most drastic increases in lawyers using mobile tools was the surge in the number of lawyers using tablets. That percentage nearly doubled over the period of one year, with only 15% using tablets for law-related tasks in 2011, with that number increasing to 33% in 2012.
Given how many lawyers are using their mobile devices for work-related purposes, it should come as no surprise to learn that one of the main ways that lawyers want to use their mobile devices is to manage their busy practices on the go. That conclusion seems fairly evident, but what is harder to predict is how and where lawyers want to use their mobile devices.
In 2013, MyCase web-based law practice management surveyed a large group of lawyers regarding the rise of mobile in their practices. The following infographic shows what they learned.