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Strategy Analytics: Samsung Dominates Mobile Market

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Strategy Analytics: Samsung Dominates Mobile Market

According to Strategy Analytics 2013 global mobile phone shipments reach 1.7 billion units with 5% growth-- the strongest performance from the industry in at least 2 years.

Smartphones account for 990 million of the overall amount, but 2013 shipment growth is slightly down (from 43% in 2012 to 41% in 2013) due to high penetration in major markets such as the US.

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Gartner: 7.6% Growth for Devices in 2014

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Gartner: 7.6% Growth for Devices in 2014

According to Gartner global device (as in PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) shipments will reach 2.5 billion with 7.6% growth in 2014, with Android as dominant OS across all device categories.

"The device market continues to evolve, with buyers deciding which combination of devices is required to meet their wants and needs," Gartner says. "Mobile phones are a must have and will continue to grow but at a slower pace, with opportunities moving away from the top-end premium devices to mid-end basic products."

Mobile phones should dominate, with 2014 shipments reaching 1.9bn with 5% growth. Ultramobiles (covering tablets, hybrids and clamshells) will take over as main growth driver, as 2014 growth is forecast to reach 54%.

"Complimentary smaller tablets will take over from the larger tablet form factors, providing the added mobility that consumers desire at a lower cost and will compete with hybrids for consumer attention," the analyst adds.

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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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