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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 smartphones), and intense market competition. Feature phone sales totaled 264.4 million units in Q4... 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 that worldwide PC shipments declined 4.9 percent year-over-year to 90.3 million units in the fourth... 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 supply chain, memory, analog and discrete components. The PC business, ordinarily a growth driver,... Read more...
Underscoring the explosive growth of mobile devices, research firm Gartner predicts that Google's Android install-base will eclipse that of Microsoft's Windows platform within the next four years. By the end of 2016, Gartner says there will be 2.3 billion PCs, tablets, and smartphones all running Android, enough to edge out the 2.28 billion Windows devices. It's no secret that PC sales have been in a slump, and as computer shipments stagnant, so too does Windows. However, Microsoft's banking on a big reception for Windows 8, not just on the desktop, but in the mobile sector as well. With so much emphasis placed on the touch interface, one could argue that Microsoft has already begun to transition... Read more...
Though PC sales have stagnated as of late, worldwide IT spending is in great shape and forecast to surpass $3.7 trillion in 2013, according to the crystal ball readers employed by Gartner. That would represent a 3.8 percent bump from projected spending of $3.6 trillion in 2012, but what's even more telling is the amount of IT jobs opening up. "By 2015, 4.4 million IT jobs globally will be created to support big data, generating 1.9 million IT jobs in the United States," said Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president at Gartner and global head of Research. "In addition, every big data-related role in the U.S. will create employment for three people outside of IT, so over the next four years a total... Read more...
Add this to HP’s long list of woes: the world’s No. 1 computer maker – isn’t. According to research firm Gartner, HP ceded the top spot to Lenovo (if only barely) in recent months. HP is still tops in the eyes of other research firms, but Lenovo is threatening its lead there, too. HP’s drop from the No. 1 position in Gartner’s PC maker list is its first since 2006. Gartner bases its assessment on the company’s third-quarter shipments, which put HP with a global market share of 15.5 percent. Lenovo now has the top spot at 15.7 percent. Another research firm, IDC, puts HP still in the lead with 15.9 percent market share. IDC and Gartner agree on the... Read more...
We’ve all seen our share of bogus social media activity, be it fake likes, ratings, or reviews, that are paid for by a company trying to goose its sales or generate buzz about some product. According to research firm Gartner, the amount of that bogus activity will account for 10-15% of all social media activity by 2014. To be clear, the problem is not that companies are sponsoring content; that’s been a common practice for a long time in a variety of media, and as long as there are appropriate disclosures, there’s no problem. The issue with this kind of covert marketing is that it’s essentially a lie. The FTC certainly feels that way; in 2009, the commission ruled that... Read more...
The best things in life may not always be free, but free goods (and services) sure are the least expensive, are they not? Naysayers will counter with the idiom, 'You get what you pay for,' and to them I would say, 'Poppycock!' I'm a mobile app user, and if you are too, chances are you downloaded more free apps than paid ones so far in 2012. I can back my assumption up with new data by Gartner, which reports that free apps have accounted for 89 percent of the total downloads so far in 2012. That means nearly 9 out of every 10 apps downloaded didn't cost the user a dime, or even a wooden nickel. That's pretty significant when you take into consideration that mobile app downloads are on pace to... Read more...
Market research firm Gartner says worldwide mobile phone sales dropped 2.3 percent year-over-year to 419 million units in the second quarter of 2012, noting a "challenging economic environment" and postponed upgrades as the main reasons for the drop in demand. In terms of the latter, Apple was hit especially hard as mobile users anticipate the launch of the iPhone 5 in another month or so. "High-profile smartphone launches from key manufacturers such as the anticipated Apple iPhone 5, along with Chinese manufacturers pushing 3G and preparing for major device launches in the second half of 2012, will drive the smartphone market upward. However, feature phones will continue to see pressure," said... Read more...
Research firm Gartner isn't saying the sky is falling on the PC industry, but it does note that worldwide PC shipments totaled just 87.5 million units in the second quarter of 2012, representing a decline of 0.1 percent from one year prior. Perhaps even more telling is the fact that Q2 marked the seventh consecutive quarter of flat to-single-digit growth. "Uncertainties in the economy in various regions, as well as consumer’s low interest in PC purchases, were some of the key influencers of slow PC shipment growth," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. "Despite the high expectations for the thin and light notebook segment, Ultrabooks, shipment volume was small and little... Read more...
Three months ago, Gartner was predicting that worldwide PC shipments would reach 368 million units by the end of the year (not including tablet PCs), and more than 400 million in 2013. That projection worked out to a 4.4 percent growth rate in 2012. And now? According to GeekWire, Gartner is lowering its projected growth rate to just 0.9 percent for the year, a downward adjustment of 3.5 percent. Gartner hasn't made its new projection public yet, but GeekWire claims that a Wall Street analyst has seen the new numbers and posted them in a note to investors over the weekend. Image Source: Flickr (redjar) It's unclear what the reasons are for lowering the PC shipment forecast, and what's even more... Read more...
Senior vice president and head of global research at Gartner Peter Sondergaard revealed Gartner’s forecast for enterprise IT spending in 2012 at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo. The firm believes that enterprise IT spending worldwide will hit $2.7 trillion next year, which is up from $2.6 trillion in 2011--an increase of 3.9%. However, that increase represents a slowing down of the market; for 2011, Gartner expected an increase of 5.9%. Still, Sondergaard noted that enterprises will continue to invest in IT despite poor economic situations, because IT has become a primary driver of business growth. Sondergaard He also painted the IT landscape as one that has changed and now has certain “urgent... Read more...
Despite what PC fatalists would have you believe, there's still a market for desktop and notebook systems. Sure, the PC market isn't growing like gangbusters at the moment, but it is growing nonetheless. That's saying something when the whole world seems preoccupied with tablets, smartphones, handheld games systems, and other non-PC devices. The number crunchers over at Gartner tallied worldwide PC shipments at 91.8 million units for the third quarter of 2011, which represents a 3.2 percent increase from the same quarter one year ago. That wasn't quite up to Gartner's expectations, which predicted the market would grow by 5.1 percent, but at least PCs are still moving in the right direction.... Read more...
Apple's iPad tablet is a cool device and all, but it's not the end-all-be-all of slates. It doesn't do Flash, there aren't any USB or microSD card slots, and the built-in cameras are terrible. These are all things you know. You also know the iPad rules the tablet world, not in performance or even in weight or size anymore, but in market share. According to market research firm Gartner, don't expect that to change anytime soon. Let's start with tablets in general. Gartner says worldwide slate sales are on pace to reach 63.6 million units by the end of the year, a whopping 261.4 percent increase from 2010. Get used to that kind of explosive growth, because tablets will continue to sell like gangbusters... Read more...
The PC market is enduring a period of transition, and all of the changes, shifts in attitudes, and emergence of tablets and smartphones is making it tough to predict the market. Research firm Gartner has adjusted its predictions for PC shipments for the rest of 2011 and 2012 downward. Again. Previously, Gartner predicted 9.3 percent growth for 2011 and 12.8 percent growth for 2012. Today, the firm lowered those predictions to a 3.8 percent increase (364 million units) and 10.9 percent (404 million units), respectively. The ugly drop predicted for the second half of 2011 is due to excess inventory and economic problems in Western Europe as well as the U.S.’s still-struggling economy. Expectations... Read more...
McAfee is at the top of its game in the secure email gateway market, at least according to research firm Gartner, which placed the company in the “Leaders” quadrant of its Magic Quadrants for Secure Email Gateways. Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Secure Email Gateways Gartner has so-called “Magic Quadrants” for a variety of specific markets that indicate how various companies stack up against the competition. The quadrants are defined as follows on Gartner’s methodologies page, with the Leaders quadrant being the top of the heap: Leaders execute well against their current vision and are well positioned for tomorrow. Visionaries understand where the market... Read more...
Market research firm Gartner put together some preliminary figures on the state of the PC industry with mixed results. On one hand, worldwide PC shipments jumped past 85.2 million units in the second quarter of 2011, a 2.3 percent increase from the same period a year prior. However, the growth is somewhat marred by failing to meet Gartner's earlier projection of 6.7 percent growth. "After strong growth in shipments of consumer PCs for four years, driven by strong demand for mini-notebooks and low-priced consumer notebooks, the market is shifting to modest, but steady growth," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. “The slow overall growth indicates that the PC market is still... Read more...
Solid State Drives are popular among power users and are commonly used in high-end machines but by and large, they're absent from the average Joe's computer due to their higher price tag. Gartner expects this could change in 2012 however as the price of SSDs decreases. By the second half of 2012, Gartner predicts that mainstream PC SSDs will decrease to $1 per gigabyte. Once SSDs reach this lower price, Gartner expects more and more consumers will begin to use SSDs. Although SSDs offer many benefits, including a smaller form factor, faster performance, and additional power efficiency compared to traditional hard drives, their higher price has largely kept them from the majority of consumers'... Read more...
The tablet market is HOT. If the fact that kids want an iPad more than anything else isn't evidence enough, Gartner is cutting its forecasts for global computer shipments in 2010 and 2011 due to the increased interest in tablets from consumers. Previously, Gartner expected PC shipments to rise to 17.9 percent this year. In 2011, the research firm projected an increase of 18.1 percent. Now, Gartner is projecting a growth of 14.3 percent this year to 352 million units and an increase of 15.9 percent in 2011. "These results reflect marked reductions in expected near-term unit growth based on expectations of weaker consumer demand, due in no small part to growing user interest in media tablets such... Read more...
Ah, IE6. Over the past decade it's transitioned from its position as Microsoft's Playmate to Microsoft's ancient, wheezing, colostomy-bag-holding mother-in-law. The decrepit browser's grip on the corporate sector is so strong that Redmond has found itself in the embarrassing position of having to beg ask its customers to stop using its own product. Despite entreaties from MS, security firms, and world+dog, businesses have been slow to move to a new browser. In the past, this was typically explained by referencing slow corporate upgrade cycles combined with the recent recession. Turns out there may be another, more ironic cause. According to Gartner analyst Michael Silver, one reason businesses... Read more...
Windows XP provided us with some great memories, didn't it? Perhaps more importantly, it helped us through the Vista era, which really wasn't as bad as some make it out to be, but did get off to a rocky start, regardless of whether you want to blame Microsoft or those who write drivers for hardware. Wonky network performance, slow file transfers, overbearing UAC annoyances, and incompatibilities all took a toll on Vista's reputation, and that whole ugly "Vista Capable" lawsuit didn't exactly help the OS's image. But we're on Windows 7 now, arguably Microsoft's finest hour in OS creation. It's been a year since Windows 7 came out, and with support for XP (and Office 2003) set to end in April 2014,... Read more...
This has been a banner year so far for the mobile device market, which saw sales skyrocket to 325.6 million units in the second quarter alone, says market research firm Gartner. That's a 13.8 percent increase over the same period one year ago, and it's largely thanks to the smartphone frenzy that's sweeping the globe. According to Gartner, smartphone sales accounted for 19 percent of all mobile devices, representing an impressive 50.5 percent increase over one year ago. That's a bitter-sweet number for smartphone makers to chew on, because even though sales are way up, profit margins are not. "Although the mobile communication devices market showed double-digit growth this quarter, average selling... Read more...
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