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Although smartphone OEMs try their best to deliver new smartphone experiences year after year like clockwork, consumers are increasingly becoming immune to their new-device charms. According to Gartner, the mobile phone market is expected to experience its biggest downturn ever during 2019. According to the analytics firm, global mobile phone sales are expected to drop by 3.8 percent in 2019 compared to 2018. With respect to smartphones specifically, the sales shortfall is expected to come in a 2.5 percent. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out at a few of the reasons for the sales decline. For starters, smartphone OEMs haven’t exactly been giving us remarkable reasons... Read more...
When it comes to the market for folding smartphones, things are just getting started. In late February, Samsung pulled the wraps off its Galaxy Fold which will be available for purchase this year in the United States. A few days later, Huawei unveiled its sleek Mate X, which won’t [officially] be sold here. Other companies are confirmed to be developing folding smartphones including Xiaomi and Motorola, and the market for these devices is expected to slowly grow over the next four years. According to Garner, folding smartphones will take up 5 percent of the flagship smartphone segment by 2023. Given current smartphone trends and future projections, that would... Read more...
Earlier this month, we heard from IDC regarding global smartphone sales for Q2 2018. At the time, the firm reported that Huawei had surpassed Apple to become the second-largest smartphone OEM on the planet with regards to shipments. Today, it's Gartner's turn, and it is backing up IDC's assessment. According to Gartner's analysis, Huawei smartphone sales jumped nearly 39 percent during the Q2. Huawei was able to sell 49.8 million units garnering a 13.3 percent share of the global market in Q2. Apple sold 44.7 million iPhones, taking a 11.9 percent share. However, both OEMs were far outpaced by Samsung, which sold a staggering 72.3 million smartphones, giving it a 19.3 percent share... Read more...
Perhaps in a parallel universe, tablets rule the day and traditional PCs are now extinct. Not in this universe, though. Both Gartner and International Data Corporation (IDC) tallied more than 62.1 million worldwide PC shipments in the second quarter of 2018. Where the two differ is in the precise growth rate—Gartner says PC shipments are up 1.4 percent year-over-year, marking the first quarter of annual growth since Q1 2012, and IDC pegs it at 2.7 percent. The exact number doesn't matter, it's the fact that PC shipments are on the rise that is interesting, and encouraging, especially in light of consumers increasingly using their smartphones for tasks that were once the exclusive domain... Read more...
If you were expecting to see a miraculous turnaround for the PC market in 2016, it didn’t happen according to Gartner. The research firm says that Q4 sales fell 3.7 percent compared to the same period in 2015 to 72.6 million. Worldwide PC sales fell to 269.7 million for the full calendar year, which marked a 6.2 percent decline compared to 2015. So, what’s behind this continued softness in PC sales, which has entered a fifth straight year of declines? "Stagnation in the PC market continued into the fourth quarter of 2016 as holiday sales were generally weak due to the fundamental change in PC buying behavior," said Gartner principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa. "The broad PC market has been static... Read more...
Are PCs in decline? The latest quarter reports are rather bleak. Both Gartner, Inc. and the International Data Corporation (IDC) have announced that global PC shipments fell for the eighth consecutive quarter. Worldwide shipments totaled roughly 68 million units, a year-on-year decline of 3.9% and 5.7% less than last year. PC shipments have abated due to a disappointing back-to-school season and low demand, particularly in emerging markets. In “mature” markets (i.e. first world countries), the market is simply over-saturated. Consumers in “emerging” or second and third-world countries, prefer portable smartphones and phablets.  Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, noted, “According... Read more...
Market research firm Gartner offered up some preliminary data on the state of the PC, noting that worldwide shipments declined 5.2 percent to 64.3 million units in the second quarter of 2016. It's the the seventh consecutive quarter of PC shipment declines, but according to Gartner, there are signs that suggest the market is actually on the rebound. One of those signs is performance in North America. The United States is the only region to see a much needed bump in PC shipments in the second quarter of 2016. It was a minor bump—a 1.4 percent increase to 15.2 million units in the U.S.—but an uptick nonetheless. Prior to the recent jump, PC shipments in the U.S. had declined for five consecutive... Read more...
Remember the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man that lumbered through New York City in the original Ghostbusters? That's how big Android has become, which coincidentally is on its Marshmallow release. That's not to say that Android is bloated and slow, just that it's really big—out of the 349 million smartphones shipped in the first quarter of 2016, Android was installed on over 293.7 million of them, according to Gartner. Android now accounts for 84.1 percent of all smartphones in the world, up from 78.8 percent in the same quarter a year ago. Meanwhile, its closest rival (iOS) is now at 14.8 percent, down from 17.9 percent in the same time frame. That's an 8.4 percent swing in the gap separating first... Read more...
While the numbers are a little different, market research firms IDC and Gartner both tallied a year-on-year decline in PC shipments. The former counted 71 million PC shipments in the third quarter of 2015, down 10.8 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago, while the latter counted 73.7 million PCs, down 7.7 percent in the same time period. That's the bad news. The good news? There's light at the end of the tunnel courtesy of Windows 10, which Microsoft recently indicated is now installed on 110 million devices. What's more, the decline in shipments wasn't unexpected. According to IDC, currency devaluation is one reason why PC shipments weren't higher than what they were, but even so,... Read more...
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 that nine out of the top 10 smartphone vendors have now entered the wearables market, or are about... 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 that means is merely that the global PC market will see less loss--it won’t be seeing an actual... 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, there is a greater substitution toward lower cost and more basic devices than we have seen in prior... 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 sits underneath Microsoft and collects 29.6 percent of the revenue spent on software, up from 28.7... 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 tags, which is not an area Apple really competes in. "In 2013, tablets became a mainstream phenomenon,... Read more...
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