Research conducted by IDC shows a decline in Samsung’s global smartphone shipments in Q2 2014, as emerging markets show a preference for lower-cost Chinese vendors.
The number of tablets to be shipped during Q4 2013 is forecast to exceed the total number of PCs (desktops plus laptops) shipping during the same period. If you had the money to buy either a laptop or a tablet, which would you get?
It seems Tim Cook’s remarks about Apple’s comparatively low market penetration couldn’t come at a better time. ABI Research, a technology analytics firm that tracks the sale and distribution of mobile devices, said today that global Android tablet shipments will soon overshadow iPad shipments.
Smartphone sales surpassed feature phone sales in this year’s first quarter, which constitutes an industry first, according to the IDC Tracker.
PC sales have kept going south in this year’s first quarter, despite the fact that Windows 8 has shipped with a lot of new devices, data by IDC and Gartner reveals.
The battle for market share between Apple and Samsung has very few chances of slowing down, as fourth quarter results for 2012 show something close to a tie.
According to research firm IDC, Apple’s tablet market share will fall to 46% in 2013, while Android tablets will lead the tablet race for the first time with 49%.
While Samsung dominated the Indian smartphone race in the last quarter of 2012, Apple is slowly but surely closing the gap, jumping to second place in terms of revenue in one quarter.
Android is still just warming up in some markets. In Australia, for instance, Android smartphones have only started overtaking the iPhone. This year so far, 67% of smartphones sold down under were Android devices. Summing up total smartphone usage in the country, Android has overtaken the iPhone, with a 44% market share, versus the iPhone’s 43%, as reported by Australian market research firm Telsyte.
While it’s fun to predict market shares for years in advance, there’s really no telling what will happen six months from now, and four year predictions are pretty much useless in the tech world. But trends do matter and they are worth analyzing. With this necessary caveat out of our way, here’s what IDC says it’s happening in the tablet market, this year and beyond.