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Microsoft is nearing the release of its Windows 10 operating system, which is expected to debut by the end of summer. Typically a new Windows launch would mean a spike in PC sales, and while that may still be the case, the new OS isn't likely to be a cure-all for what's become a stagnant market. Instead, worldwide PC shipments are expected to fall by 6.2 percent in 2015. If that comes to pass, it will represent the fourth consecutive quarter of sagging PC sales. Market research firm IDC blames the continuing decline on ongoing competition from tablets and smartphones, while also citing "generally... Read more...
Before the iPad came around, tablets were just another has-been sector that didn’t show much promise (does anyone remember Windows XP Tablet PC Edition?). However, following the introduction of the iPad in 2010, the sector exploded in popularity. Numerous manufacturers have jumped onboard in the years since, although Apple is still the top tablet manufacturer, with Samsung taking up the second place position. But over the past year, we’ve seen some softness in the tablet market. Apple’s iPad has seen sales declines for the past few quarters. For fiscal Q1 2015 (actual Q4 2014), iPad shipments fell... Read more...
If slow and steady wins the race, then Microsoft might be onto something with its Windows Phone platform. It's been slowly and steadily gaining market share and IDC figures that by 2018, it will hold 5.6 percent of the global smartphone market. That doesn't sound like much, and it isn't, though it could certainly make things interesting between Windows Phone and iOS, depending on where Microsoft's added share comes from. While iOS is in second place, it's a distance second at just 13.8 percent, compared to Android's massive 82.3 percent share of the market. To the point, it's a much closer race... Read more...
The number crunchers at International Data Corporation (IDC) counted more than 300 million smartphone shipments around the world for the second consecutive quarter. To be more precise, 327.6 million units shipped during third quarter of 2014, representing a 25.2 percent growth rate compared to the same period a year ago. No big surprise there, though it wasn't all business as usual -- for the first time ever, Xiaomi jumped into the top 5 list of smartphone vendors. Xiaomi shipped 17.3 million smartphones during the third quarter, propelling the Chinese vendor into third place with a 5.3 percent... Read more...
Lenovo continues to lead the PC market when it comes to global PC shipments. According to a report released by the International Data Corporation, Lenovo’s market share has increased to 20 percent for the first time. Lenovo led the pack by shipping a record volume of 15.7 million PCs. HP was in second place with 14.7 million (18.8 percent) and Dell shipped 10.4 million PCs (13.3 percent). The report stated that Lenovo’s market share increased to 20 percent for Q4 2014, up from 17.7 percent back in the third quarter of 2013. The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro “Reaching the 20% mark in global... Read more...
From the vantage point of International Data Corporation (IDC), the wearable computing market is extending beyond early adopters and getting ready to hit its stride. More stylish and and functional accessories are being featured in magazines like GQ and Shape, which is indicative of growing interest beyond just geek circles. IDC says wearables "took a huge step forward" last year, and based in part on the momentum the category has built up, the market research firm believes shipment volumes will exceed 19 million units in 2014, more than tripling last year's volume. Image Source: Flickr (Karlis... Read more...
Hot on the heels of an earlier report by Nielsen that around two-thirds of Americans own a smartphone, market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) announced today that the smartphone market as a whole reached another milestone in 2013 by surpassing the 1 billion shipments mark for the first time. IDC says Android and iOS are largely to thank, and especially the former, which is found on nearly 8 out of every 10 smartphones around the world. "Clearly, there was strong end-user demand for both Android and iOS products during the quarter and the year," says Ramon Llamas, Research Manager... Read more...
Preliminary data from International Data Corporation's (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker indicate that tablet shipments around the globe grew to 76.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013, representing an impressive 62.4 percent sequential growth rate and a 28.2 percent year-over-year increase. However, as obscene as those numbers are, they're down "dramatically" compared to the 87.1 percent growth in 2012. According to IDC, this slowed growth indicates that some markets are becoming saturated with slates, including the U.S. Demand remains ultra high in emerging markets, though not... Read more...
Talk about a banner year for smartphone sales. According to the newest data published by International Data Corporation (IDC), smartphone shipments around the globe topped 1 billion units for the first time ever in 2013, representing a significant 38.4 percent jump from the 725.3 million units tallied in 2012. That figure is also within less than 1 percent of IDC's forecast, so give the company's bean counters a cookie. "The sheer volume and strong growth attest to the smartphone's continued popularity in 2013," says Ramon Llamas, Research Manager with IDC's Mobile Phone team. "Total smartphone... Read more...
Microsoft can take pause for a moment and celebrate the fact that its Windows Phone platform experienced an impressive 156 percent year-on-year growth rate in the global smartphone market, according to data released by International Data Corporation (IDC). It did it by shipping 9.5 million Windows Phone devices in the third quarter of 2013 compared to 3.7 million in the same period a year ago. Unfortunately for Microsoft, that only translates into a 3.6 percent share of a market that's dominated by Android. There's just no stopping Android. Rather than show any signs of slowing down or plateauing,... Read more...
Go ahead and credit Apple for popularizing the tablet market by building a device that became an instant hit, that's fair. And give kudos to the Cupertino company for dominating the landscape with its iPad tablets, that's also fair. However, just as we saw in the smartphone sector, Apple's lead in tablets is eroding right before our very eyes. The latest data from market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) shows that Apple's share of the tablet market is now down below 30 percent, marking a precipitous drop from a year ago. That's still high enough to quality for first place among... Read more...
If Old MacDonald really did own a farm, there would be a tap-tap here, a tap-tap there, here a tap, there a tap, everywhere a tap-tap, because quite frankly, you can't escape the tablet frenzy. That doesn't mean the desktop is dead by any means -- try doing high-level CAD work on an iPad, for instance -- but demand is so high for these portable devices that tablet shipments are on pace to surpass total PC shipments (desktops and laptops) in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). That's just the beginning. While PC shipments will still end up higher for the... Read more...
According to a joint survey from Intel and IDC, the PC market could see sunnier days in 2014. That's the proposed takeaway from a survey IDC conducted of 3,977 adults across both suburbs and cities. The respondents, who all owned at least one PC or Mac, were organized into two basic groups -- those using a PC 4 years old or older, and those using a PC purchased in the last 12 months. Between the two groups, 45% had tablets and 64% owned smartphones -- further underscoring that tremendous popularity of tablets in the American market. According to the survey, 40% of buyers are interested in upgrading... Read more...
When Microsoft developed Windows 8's controversial UI and new Start Screen, the major impetus driving the design was the need to support touchscreen devices. Microsoft hammered this home at every opportunity, describing the new Metro design as a "touch first" experience. Then Windows 8 shipped, and precious few laptops had touchscreen support. This kicked off a kerfuffle of blaming between OEMs and Redmond, with the prediction that as touchscreen prices came down, consumers would embrace W8 and the touch-driven experience. Life would be great if Intel would just cut prices on those ultrabooks.... Read more...
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