Published On: Thu, Feb 13th, 2014

Writing on the Wall? Tablets outshine smartphones and PCs says Gartner

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A Cliquishly titled “galaxy” (apologies sought for the pun) of useful stats from Gartner (refer below) illustrate the fact and trend that tablets sales will boom whilst smartphone sales have slowed and PC sales stagnated all along. As this Technological saga ensues, Gartner says iOS endures to dominate tablets; followed by Android smartphones; and Windows PCs. Gartner has also cut its prediction of circa 7 per cent growth in mobile phones to 4.3 per cent in Fiscal 2013.

The Writing on the wall however stands very clear that- Microsoft is failing to break out of the PC market which is actually set to decline by 10.6 per cent in 2013 as affirmed by Gartner.

Conversely, Android has failed to take lead of the slowdown in momentum behind Apple to snatch a stake from iOS.

To be sure, out of all iOS devices shipped, 60 per cent of them were tablets in Q1 2013 as stated by Gartner.

Carolina Milanesi, vp for research at Gartner, noted that, “Apple is currently the more homogeneous presence across all device segments, while 90 per cent of Android sales are currently in the mobile phone market and 85 per cent of Microsoft sales are in the PC market.”

Ms. Milanesi perceives that, “We continue to see fatigue in the [smartphone] replacement cycle.”

She went on to volumnise further that, “Even with hot devices such as the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4, it is hard to keep the initial momentum going.”

Rhetoricising that – “Consumers are saying they’ll hang on to the same phone for another year and spend some money on a tablet instead.”

In other words, the IPad mini continues to inspire Apple fanboys but then Apple desperately needs an iPhone 6 or 5S.

It’s a trivial thing but nonetheless having rumoured the possibility of a iWatch being on the cards for months, Sony has just launched one. And it supports NFC.

By way of enterprises’ growing acceptance of bring your own device (BYOD), there is an increase in consumer-owned devices in the networked computing world.

Gartner prognoses that computing devices bought by consumers will grow from 65 per cent in 2013 to 72 percent in 2017.

This connotes the growing importance of designing for the consumer inside the broader Matrix of the enterprise.


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Writing on the Wall? Tablets outshine smartphones and PCs says Gartner