According to a recent report by Gartner, Worldwide combined shipments of devices like PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones are expected to reach 2.5 billion units in 2014. As per the report, among the operating system (OS) market, Android is on pace to surpass one billion users across all devices in 2014.
Commenting on the insights, Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner said,”The device market continues to evolve, with buyers deciding which combination of devices is required to meet their wants and needs. Mobile phones are a must have and will continue to grow but at a slower pace, with opportunities moving away from the top-end premium devices to mid-end basic products. Meanwhile users continue to move away from the traditional PC (notebooks and desk-based) as it becomes more of a shared content creation tool, while the greater flexibility of tablets, hybrids and lighter notebooks address users’ increasingly different demands.”
As per the report, mobile phones are expected to dominate overall device shipments, with 1.9 billion mobile phones shipped in 2014. Ultramobiles, which include tablets, hybrids and clamshells, will take over as the main driver of growth in the devices market from 2014, with a growth rate of 54 percent.
The report forecasts that in the year 2014 the worldwide tablet market will grow to 47 percent with lower average selling prices attracting new users. According to a recent consumer study that Gartner conducted in the third quarter of 2013 across Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, the U.K., the U.S. and Japan, over two-thirds of tablets were used outside the home for activities such as vacation or concert. This is a similar pattern to that of smartphones as smaller form factors are driving more portability outside the home.
Worldwide shipments of traditional PCs are forecast to total 278 million units in 2014, a seven percent decline from 2013. Driven by an uptake in Windows ultramobiles, the PC market is estimated to remain flat in 2014 (0.2 percent), after a decline of 9.9 percent in 2013. The Gartner consumer survey showed that less than eight per cent of users would replace their laptop with a tablet, while a transfer to an Ultrabook is almost twice this figure.