The African PC market sank to new lows in the second quarter of the year amid a slowdown in GDP growth, increasing unemployment, and the strengthening of the dollar against many of the continent’s currencies. The first-quarter shipments decline of 11.8% was topped by a 26.7% downturn Q2 2015, the largest slump the market has ever suffered.
In the first half of 2015 report, Alcatel-Lucent estimates that 80 percent of malware infections detected on mobile networks have been traced to Windows-based computers. This finding represents a significant change from 2013 and 2014 when the source of mobile network infections were roughly split 50:50 between Android and Windows-supported devices.
According to the latest market study by ABI Research, total system shipments for portable computing are predicted to reach 165 million units for full-year 2015 — which is essentially flat compared to 2014 levels. “Segment growth is occurring in Chromebooks, much in part due to purchases by schools,” said Jeff Orr.
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 66.1 million units in the second quarter of 2015, according to IDC. This represented a year-on-year decline of -11.8% — that’s about one percent below the already low projections for the quarter.
Worldwide PC shipments will fall by -6.2% in 2015, according to IDC. This will be the fourth consecutive year of declining volumes. The consumer transition to Windows 10 should happen quickly, but the free upgrade reduces the need for a new PC.
Worldwide personal computer (PC) shipments totaled 68.5 million units in the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15) — that’s a year-on-year decline of -6.7 percent, according to the latest global market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).
PC vendors have a complex market development challenge in 2015 — learn how to embrace ongoing demand volatility. Worldwide PC shipments are expected to fall by -4.9 percent in 2015, while growth projections for 2016 and 2017 were raised slightly.