Gartner: Worldwide device shipments to increase by 6.9% in 2014

Jeremiah Yap – Fourth Estate Cooperative Writer

San Francisco, CA, United States (4E) – Research firm Gartner concluded in its study that worldwide combined shipments of devices — PCs, tablets, ultramobiles, and mobile phones — will increase by 6.9 percent this year. An estimated total of 2.5 billion units will be sold in 2014 with sales of PCs continuing its drop in sales.

“Tablet substitution of notebooks will start to dissipate from this year onwards as consumers and businesses align the right device with the right usage pattern. As they do this, we will see where dedicated devices (such as tablets), or hybrid devices (detachable or convertible devices), fit in the overall portfolio of devices,” said Gartner research director Ranjit Atwal said in the report.

Gartner estimates that PC (desktops and notebooks) sales will reach 276 million units this year — a drop from 296 million from last year. Tablet sales are expected to increase its sales from 195 million last year to 270 million this year. Mobile phones sold about 1.8 billion units in 2013. That number is expected to grow to 1.89 billion this year.

“The adoption of tablets has been largely concentrated in the U.S., with the dominance of Apple. Market dynamics in other regions are different, as the uptake of lower cost, smaller, non-branded tablets, becomes more apparent,” added Mr. Atwal.

Gartner also expects mobile operating systems Android, iOS, and Windows to increase in usage — with Android still maintaining its dominance.

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