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We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you paid several hundred dollars for your smartwatch, you may have grossly overpaid for the right to be an early adopter. According to market research firm Gartner, Android-based smartwatches will sell for an average of $30 in 2015 as Chinese OEMs and ODMs capture the consumer market mass market. Gartner also believes that the worldwide smartwatch and wristband market is going to take off in a big way. The research firm says that by 2016, smartwatches will comprise about 40 percent of consumer wrist-worn devices. Supporting its prediction is the fact... Read more...
The PC market has been decidedly down as of late, as tablets in particular have taken a big chunk of the market share. Thus, many have been bemoaning the death of the PC while others (most of us at HH included) have been more optimistic about the future of the PC. Gartner has given reason for the latter view in a new report. Projecting that computing devices overall (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles, and phones) should see a 4.2% increase in 2014, Gartner research director Ranjit Atwal added, "2014 will be marked by a relative revival of the global PC market.” Lenovo M58e Desktop Granted, what... Read more...
A million dollars isn't cool. Do you know what's cool? Try $3.8 trillion, which is how much market research firm Gartner anticipates will be spent around the world on IT in 2014 (Gartner was equally optimistic last year). If that proves to be accurate, it would represent a 3.2 percent jump compared to what was spent in 2013 on IT services and personnel. "Globally, businesses are shaking off their malaise and returning to spending on IT to support the growth of their business," said Richard Gordon, managing vice president at Gartner. "Consumers will be purchasing many new devices in 2014; however,... Read more...
Though the hardware market has been contending with declining sales -- at least in terms of traditional PCs -- software is another story altogether. According to latest data released by market research firm Gartner, the worldwide software market grew 4.8 percent to $407.3 billion 2013, compared with $388.5 billion in 2012.d Microsoft is by far the biggest benefactor of a thriving software market in which it gobbles up nearly two-thirds, or 65.7 percent, of total dollars spent. That's up from 62 percent a year prior, putting the company in an even more comfortable lead for the top spot. Oracle now... Read more...
Call it a war of attrition if you will, but when it comes to tablet warfare, Android simply has a bigger army. Partially for that reason, Google's open source Android platform now claims the largest share of tablets at just shy of 62 percent (61.9 percent, to be precise), well ahead of iOS (iPad and iPad mini devices) at 36 percent, according to the latest data published by Gartner. Consumers around the world purchased over 195 million tablets in 2013, representing a 68 percent increase compared to 2012. The tremendous growth was driven by lower-end devices with smaller screens and cheaper price... Read more...
Research firm Gartner is out with some new numbers, and as you might have expected, there’s a clear trend that PC sales continue to decline. Sales of traditional (desktop and notebook) PCs will hit 303 million units in 2013, which is an 8.4% drop from 2012. The firm predicts that sales will continue to plummet and will be about 281 million next year. Meanwhile, tablet shipments continue a blistering pace; the market is forecast to explode by 53.4% this year, from 120 million units in 2012 to 184 million. That trend is expected to continue in 2014 and reach 263 million shipments, which puts... Read more...
Looking to learn a new skill? Perhaps you should considering learning how to build mobile apps. It's a booming business that's only going to get bigger in the coming years, that is unless users at large suddenly find themselves disinterested in smartphone and tablet devices (unlikely). How big? According to market research firm Gartner, mobile app stores will see annual downloads jump past 102 billion in 2013, up from 64 billion in 2012. Those downloads collectively translate into $26 billion, up from $18 billion a year prior. That's a lot of cash, especially when you consider that 91 percent of... Read more...
Mobile phone sales around the globe reached 435 million units in the second quarter of 2013, up 3 percent compared to the same period a year ago, according to the latest data released by Gartner. And for the first time, smartphone sales to end users accounted for the majority of mobile phone shipments. There were 225 million smartphones sold in Q2, up 46.5 percent compared to a year ago, versus 210 million feature phones, which declined 21 percent year-on-year. "Smartphones accounted for 51.8 percent of mobile phone sales in the second quarter of 2013, resulting in smartphone sales surpassing feature... Read more...
Android's theme song should be "Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer (remember him?), because really, there's no other mobile operating system that comes close to the little green robot in the smartphone space. According to Gartner, 74.4 percent of the smartphones shipped around the globe in the first quarter of 2013 were powered by Android, up from 56.9 percent in the same quarter a year ago. The next closest competitor, of course, is Apple's iOS software, which was installed on 18.2 percent of smartphones, down from 22.5 percent a year ago. Between the two, Google and Apple own more than 92 percent... Read more...
Tired of having to use work-issued hardware day after day when your own gear is better suited to the task? Don't sweat it, bring your own device (BYOD) programs are growing in popularity in the enterprise, and by 2016, 38 percent of companies expect to stop providing devices to workers, according to a recent global survey of CIOs conducted by market research firm Gartner. "BYOD strategies are the most radical change to the economics and the culture of client computing in business in decades," said David Willis, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. "The benefits of BYOD include creating... Read more...
The latest PC sales numbers and accompanying predictions from research firm Gartner show an unsurprising trend: tablet sales will continue to rise sharply at the expense of traditional desktops and notebooks. “While there will be some individuals who retain both a personal PC and a tablet...most will be satisfied with the experience they get from a tablet as their main computing device," said Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner. She further noted that many consumers will stop replacing their PCs, because they simply won’t be essential anymore. As you can see from the... Read more...
Waning demand for feature phones caused worldwide mobile handset sales to decline for the first time in three years, according to the latest data released by Gartner. Mobile phone sales totaled 1.75 billion units in 2012, down 1.7 percent from 2011, though smartphone sales picked up the slack with a record 207.7 million units sold in the fourth quarter of 2012, up 38.3 percent year-over-year. Gartner said the last time the mobile phone market constricted was in 2009. The research firm blamed the recent downturn on tough economic conditions, shifting consumer preferences (from feature phones to... Read more...
The way Gartner sees it, we're all going to be living in single-PC homes in the not-too-distant future. Mom, pop, little Billy and his sister Janet won't have their own PCs anymore, and will instead share a single primary PC in the household for heavy lifting, and use a tablet for content consumption chores, like surfing the web and playing casual games. This shift that's taking place means that secondary PCs are fast becoming relics; once they're too old to be useful anymore, they'll just die out and be replaced by a tablet. The market research firm believes this is already taking place, noting... Read more...
Global semiconductor revenue saw a downswing in 2012 compared to one year prior, dropping 3 percent to $298 billion, according to preliminary results by market research firm Gartner. The top 25 players were collectively hit the hardest, as their revenue dropped 4.2 percent, surpassing the industry average and accounting for a smaller portion of the industry's total revenue. "Uncertainty about the state of the macroeconomy, coupled with ongoing inventory overhang, sent ripples through the semiconductor industry," said Steve Ohr, research director at Gartner. "The hardest hit areas include the PC... Read more...
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