The International Legal Technology Association just released its annual survey on law firm technology purchasing. iPhone J.D. has followed the survey for years and provides a great summary of the trends in mobile technology purchasing.

iphoneJD ILTA Survey

The survey shows that the BYOD revolution is “full steam ahead,” with every mobile device platform except Windows (the “newcomer”) showing a decline in firm purchasing. Android in particular saw an 8% decline in purchases from 2013.

ILTA Android phones

It’s not shocking that iPhones and iPads rule the legal market. Time in market and app options, as well as force, help keep iOS number one. This year though, I’m surprised to see such as sharp decline in the number of firms purchasing iOS devices. In total, 31% fewer firms are purchasing iPads and iPhones.

BYOD is the new norm

Don’t think that means Android (or another system) is gaining in popularity. The reality is that more firms rely on their employees to bring their own devices.

Daily tablet usage in firms is another interesting aspect I saw in the survey.

91% of surveyed firms’ attorneys use tablets as part of their day-to-day work, up 5% from 2013. 61% of the surveyed firms indicated less than a quarter of their attorney pool uses tablets for daily work compared to 10% (up 3% from 2013) who indicated more than half of their attorneys use tablets work daily.

I wonder if reality is actually different from perception. For instance, I use a tablet on a daily basis, but it’s not really for “day-to-day” work. Most days it sits on my desk streaming YouTube or Netflix. Not exactly work. Admittedly, there are other times when I fully engage with my tablet for work, but those are the exceptions and not the rules.

Windows shall rule them all

Ultimately, if firms continue to purchase mobile devices more of them will gravitate to Windows tablets, similar to the way most companies supply Windows desktops. While Android and iOS won’t die, there is an ever-increasing push towards devices that seamlessly integrate between systems. This is one reason why Google and Apple will push to increase system compatibility (or total integration to Chromebooks/Chromeboxes) to help move organizations away from the Windows stronghold.

Jeff Taylor

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