Low-cost mobile devices, cloud computing and open-source software continue to reshape the Technology, Media and Telecommunication (TMT) sectors of the global economy. The impact from the transformation is far reaching, as growth stalls in some of the more traditional product and service categories.
A case in point; worldwide personal computer (PC) shipments totaled 73.4 million units in the first quarter of 2014 (1Q14) — that’s a decline of -4.4 percent year-on-year.
Global personal computer sales continue to be weak in a marketplace that favors other devices — such as smartphones and media tablets. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 76.6 million units in the first quarter of 2014 — that’s a 1.7 percent decline from the first quarter of 2013, according to the latest market study by Gartner.
“The end of XP support by Microsoft on April 8 has played a role in the easing decline of PC shipments,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.
According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, recent findings reveal that vendors of Tablet Hybrid devices will ship nearly 50 million units by 2018, rising from an estimated 9.5 million in 2013.
As hybrid devices are relatively young, there is a distinct lack of industry standardization for what it actually constitutes.
While much of the prior demand for media tablets was for personal use at home, usage is now increasing rapidly in the workplace — threatening to disrupt the traditional players.
Other changes in the marketplace, such as the disappointing results for Ultrabook PC sales, are forcing Microsoft and Intel to rethink their market development strategy.
The last few years have been very instructive for high-tech industry analysts, as we’ve observed the slow and consistent decline of the Wintel personal computer empire that had symbolized the supreme reign of Microsoft and Intel over this prolific business sector, once upon a time.
But now the lessons learned will likely become yet one more case study for business school MBA students to review and dissect.
An estimated 12.3 percent (22.5 million devices) of the notebook PC shipments in 2013 (182.7 million) fit into the ultra-portable segment, according to the latest market study by ABI Research.
In total, the year-on-year growth of ultra-portable PCs reached 100 percent from 2012 to 2013. But that’s still a relatively small part of the overall worldwide personal computer marketplace.
Media tablets have already been adopted by millions of new users during the course of this year. Worldwide tablet shipments are expected to reach 221.3 million units by the end of 2013, that’s down slightly from a previous forecast of 227.4 million but still 53.5 percent above 2012 levels, according to IDC.
However, new growth will slow in the coming years, as some key markets approach the saturation point.
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.