The Google Android mobile device operating system reached a new milestone during the third quarter of 2013 (3Q13), according to the latest global market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).
With a total base of 211.6 million smartphone units shipped during the quarter, Android accounted for 81.0 percent of all smartphone shipments — marking the first time that Android topped 80 percent in its short history.
The adoption of media tablets by more new users continued across the globe, but some product vendors were unable to benefit from the growing uptake of this very popular device. Worldwide shipments of tablets grew to 47.6 million units in the third quarter of 2013, according to IDC.
Google Android-based products once again drove much of the shipment growth in the global market as Apple iOS growth stalled and Microsoft Windows tablets continued to struggle to win over consumers.
The video game sector is constantly evolving to meet the expectations for product innovation. In a recent market study, Microsoft just beat out Sony for the top position in a game console competitive assessment — based on expectations for the impact of Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One game consoles.
Nintendo secured the third position, but a significant gap remains between it and the market leaders.
Personal computer shipments across the globe totaled 81.6 million units in the third quarter of 2013 (3Q13).
Compared with last year, the market contracted by -7.6% — slightly better than the projected decline of -9.5% for the quarter, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).
Proving once again that nothing lasts forever in the highly competitive mobile sector, Apple’s share in the worldwide smartphone operating system market posted a year-over-year decline during the second quarter of 2013 2Q13.
According to IDC, vendors shipped a total of 236.4 million smartphones in 2Q13 — that’s up 51.3 percent from the 156.2 million units shipped in 2Q12.
The video game sector is about to get interesting, once again, with the introduction of better technology. New game consoles from Microsoft and Sony will both ship in selected markets during the 2013 holiday season.
The XBOX One and Sony PS4 appear evenly matched — with content remaining as the primary means of differentiation.
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.6 million units in the second quarter of 2013 2Q13 — that’s down -11.4% compared to the same quarter in 2012, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).”
With second quarter negative growth so close to forecast, we are still looking for some improvement during the second half of the year,” said Jay Chou, senior analyst at IDC.
The downward trend for personal computer demand now seems perpetual. The global PC market continued to suffer slow shipment growth in leading countries across key regions in May, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).
“The expectation for the second quarter was not all that high, showing only minor improvement from the first quarter. But the May results reflect deteriorating conditions rather than improvement and the market will probably fall short of projections,” said Loren Loverde, vice president at IDC.
Worldwide PC shipments dropped to 76 million units in the second quarter of 2013, a 10.9 percent decrease from the same period last year, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc.
This marks the fifth consecutive quarter of declining shipments, which is the longest duration of decline in the PC market’s history. All regions showed a decline compared to a year ago.
Globally speaking, it is the large over-the-top (OTT) players that are leading on the cloud computing markets, while telcos do have a role to play.
Dropbox, Apple and Google are the leading personal cloud providers — whereas Salesforce.com, Google and Microsoft lead on the SaaS market. Moreover, Amazon is one of the most-used PaaS and IaaS providers.