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The Smart Device Industry Continues to Grow

The Smart Device Industry Continues to Grow

Gartner: Worldwide Device Shipments Will Grow 6.9 Percent in 2014

April 17, 2014

The Smart Device Industry Continues to Grow

As innovative technology like LTE continues to progress around the world, it makes sense that the smart devices we use to stay connected (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are becoming more important as well.

Mobile phones, the largest segment of the smart device market, are expected to increase 4.9 percent from 2013 to 2014, reaching a predicted 1.9 billion units. Last year marked the first time that smartphone sales comprised more than 51.8 percent of mobile phone sales in Q2, hitting a milestone by exceeding sales of feature phones with a total of 225 million units.

According to Gartner, overall worldwide device shipments are projected to reach 2.5 billion units in 2014, a 6.9 percent increase from last year.* Here’s the breakdown:

 

Worldwide Device Shipments by Segment (Millions of Units)

 

Device Type 2013 2014 2015
Traditional PCs 296.1 276.7 263.0
Tablets 195.4 270.7 349.1
Mobile Phones 1,807.0 1,895.1 1,952.9
TOTAL 2,319.6 2,479.8 2,627.0
Gartner, 2014

 

PCs Versus Tablets: The Struggle Continues

Last year, the decline of PC sales was almost certain, leaving room for smartphones and tablets to step in and support the market.

But it looks like not everyone will be trading in their PC for a tablet – at least, not as soon as predicted (worldwide shipments of traditional PCs are forecast to total 276.7 million units in 2014, a 6.6 percent decline from 2013).

Experts say that while PC sales will slowly decrease, they will still hamper the overall growth of devices, while the transition from PC to tablet will also decline. This trend is reportedly attributed to consumers “align[ing] the right device with the right usage pattern,” meaning that perhaps tablets’ limited usage abilities when compared with PCs could stop them from completely replacing their older counterparts.*

On the other hand, the worldwide tablet market is forecast to grow 38.6 percent as overall adoption continues to grow faster in markets outside North America.

Experts attribute the adoption of tablets mostly to the U.S., thanks to Apple’s dominance and marketing of its tablet products there.

 
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* Gartner Says Worldwide Traditional PC, Tablet, Ultramobile and Mobile Phone Shipments Are On Pace to Grow 6.9 Percent in 2014, Gartner, Inc. March 2014.


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