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Consumer IT's Top 10 for 2013

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Consumer IT's Top 10 for 2013

One can apply the cliche for just about every year, but 2013 was quite something, wasn't it? While arguably less eventful than previous years, it was still full of exciting headlines , and that's before taking our industry into account! So join our retrospective into what we we think were the major happenings of, well, 2013!

1. Microsoft buys Nokia: The biggest acquisition of 2013 came as a late-night surprise  Microsoft became the owner of the Devices & Services division of one of the biggest (if waning) mobile vendors, an acquisition worth a cool €5.44 billion. The deal brought about various reactions from industry luminaries, such as Tim Cook's dismissive "everybody is trying to adopt Apple’s strategy," as well as the first Nokia Windows tablet, the Lumia 2520.

2. Ballmer announces retirement: Less than a month before Nokia acquisition infamously bullish Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced his retirement, leaving the once technology leader without a clear leader. The news came 6 weeks after a "far-reaching realignment" of company management, part of an effort to create a "One Microsoft" out of the gigantic corporation. One thing is certain-- Ballmer and his exuberant on-stage appearances will be missed.

3. PCs are down, down, down: "Continued to shrink, declining faster than expected," these are the words the likes of Gartner and IDC tend to say on the PC market, be it in W. Europe, EMEA or across the globe. The blame, of course, is customers moving away from PCs (in order to buy tablets), as well as Windows 8.1 launch preparations and product transitions to Haswell and Bay Trail CPUs. Either way, it looks like PC market's downwards trend will continue apace, even if both desktops and laptops will remain relevant to a decently-sized consumer base.

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Gartner: IoT to "Far Exceed" all Connected Devices

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Gartner: IoT to

The Internet of Things (IoT), the term covering all non-PC, -tablet or -smartphone connected devices, will grow to 26 billion installed units by 2020 according to Gartner, growth of almost 3000% from 0.9bn in 2009.

The analyst also reports IoT product and service vendors will make revenues exceeding $300bn in 2020, with global economic value-add through sales into diverse end markets worth $1.9 trillion.

The Internet of Things is the network of physical objects carrying embedded technology allowing communication, sensing or interaction with internal states or external environments. It includes hardware (the actual "things"), embedded software and communication/information services associated with the things.

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IDC on Smart Device Drivers

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IDC on Smart Device Drivers

According to IDC the smart connected device (SCD) market shows strong growth in W. Europe during Q3 2013, with combined PC, tablet and smartphone shipments reaching 55 million units with 12% Y-o-Y growth.

The analyst forecasts 2013 shipments will exceed 230m units in the Western side of the continent, an 11% increase over 2012.

Predictably smartphones and tablets drive spending not only on SCDs, but on CE as a whole-- tablets in particular, with Q3 2013 growth within the SCD market reaching 38% Y-o-Y and overall 2013 shipments set to reach 45m units with 53.1% growth. The quarter was one of transition for a number of vendors ahead of traditional holiday season launches, and Q4 2013 is set to be "another bouyant quarter" IDC says.

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Canalys: Tablets to Outship ALL PCs

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Canalys: Tablets to Outship ALL PCs

According to Canalys Q3 2013 global PC shipments are up by 18% Y-o-Y... wait, PC growth in this day and age? You see, unlike other analysts Canalys counts tablets as PCs-- and points out tablets as the only PC segment showing growth.

The analyst says tablets account for 40% of Q3 2013 PC shipments, or "less than half a million behind global notebook shipments." It also forecasts 2014 tablet shipments reaching 285 million (or 50% of overall PC shipments) before growing to 396m by 2017.

Thanks to the iPad Apple is top PC vendor, and also one of the few with a "steady" desktop and notebook business. However Apple should lose PC market share to vendors selling more competitive devices if it continues to insist on protecting its immense gross margins.

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Infonetics on Home Networking

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Infonetics on Home Networking

According to Infonetics Research multiscreen video is an important networking industry driver, pushing global H1 2013 home networking device revenues worth $5.4 billion with 6% Y-o-Y growth.

“Like broadband CPE, home networking devices continue to grow as fixed broadband subscribers increase around the globe," the analyst says. "The types of services being delivered over data networks are growing as well, with the most important being multiscreen video.”

W. European and N. American operators distribute video around the home through higher-end gateways and STBs packing both wired and wireless technology. These in turn drive a secondary market of MoCA STBs and HomePlug adapters connecting TVs, Blu-ray player, game consoles and a growing peripheral ecosystem to home networks.

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