Overall worldwide PC shipments are expected to fall by -3.7 percent in 2014, that’s a slight improvement from the previous forecast of -6 percent, according to IDC. Notebook PCs have made some progress addressing tablet competition with more slim, touch, and low-cost models available.
Growth of Chromebooks is also contributing to the PC outlook.
Juniper Research has revealed that by 2019 worldwide revenues from media tablet games usage will reach $13.3 billion — that’s a threefold rise on the 2014 revenue of $3.6 billion. The latest Juniper Research market study highlights that mobile gaming growth will be fueled by a number of key factors.
Strategy Analytics forecasts global total mobile apps revenues of $33.7 billion in 2014 to reach just over $60 billion in 2018. Previously, they reported that the smartphone and tablet apps market had reached $21.4 billion in 2013. Strategy Analytics also predicts overall consumer and advertiser expenditure on handset-based mobile media will increase at just below 8% CAGR between 2013 and 2018 to exceed $380 billion.
Over one and a quarter billion tablets will be in use by 2018 in over half a billion tablet households. The early global leader, North America, has been overtaken by the Asia Pacific region this year. Countries with the highest Tablet installed base include the U.S., UK, China, Japan and France. Countries with the highest household penetration include some of the smaller or wealthier countries such as Hong Kong, Switzerland, and Singapore.
In four years annual tablet shipments will be in excess of 450 million units per year.
The mobile internet has swiftly risen to become the leading digital platform, with total activity on smartphones and tablets accounting for an astounding 60 percent of digital media time spent in the U.S. market. The fuel driving mobile’s relentless growth is primarily app usage, which alone makes up a majority of total digital media engagement at 52 percent.
Media tablet sales continue to experience a slowdown worldwide. Global Tablet shipments reached 52.4 million units in Q2 2014, that’s up 17% from 50.0 million in Q2 2013, according to Strategy Analytics. Apple retained top spot despite missing forecasts and of the leading vendors, only Asus and Lenovo displayed year-over-year growth.
According to Juniper Research, the number of household bill payments made via PCs, media tablets and smartphones will exceed 20 billion this year, representing approximately 16 percent of all global consumer household bills.
This trend is being driven by a growing consumer acceptance of transactional digital banking.