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IDC: Tablet Market "Surges Ahead"

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IDC: Tablet Market

The global tablet market remains strong IDC reports-- Q1 2013 shipments grow by 142.4% Y-o-Y to 49.2 million units, with demand for smaller screen devices fueling shipments.

Apple outperforms earlier IDC projections for the quarter, managing to beat seasonal Q1 shipment drop off (following strong Q4 sales) with shipments reaching 19.5m units compared to a forecast of 18.7m.


"Sustained demand for the iPad mini and increasingly strong commercial shipments led to a better-than expected Q1 2012 for Apple," IDC says. "In addition, by moving the iPad launch to Q4 2012 Apple seems to have avoided the typical Q1 slowdown that traditionally occurred when consumers held off buying in January and February in anticipation of a new product launch in March."

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ABI: Smartwatches as Next Big Thing

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ABI: Smartwatches as Next Big Thing

ABI Research believes in the "strong potential" of the smartwatch-- according to the analyst changing consumer perceptions will lead to smartwatch shipments of over 1.2 million units for 2013 alone.

“The strong potential emergence of smartwatches can be attributed to several reasons,” ABI says. “Contributing factors include the high penetration of smartphones in many world markets, the wide availability and low cost of MEMS sensors, energy efficient connectivity technologies such as Bluetooth 4.0, and a flourishing app ecosystem.”

One can divide wearables in 4 categories-- notification types, voice operational smartwatches, hybrid smart watches and completely independent smartwatches.

Notification type devices include the MetaWatch and Cookoo smartwatches, providing alerts of the incoming call and message variety.

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Gartner: Devices Continue to Grow

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Gartner: Devices Continue to Grow

Global device (PCs, tablets and mobile phones) shipments are set to total 2.4 billion in 2013 before reaching over 2.9 billion by 2017 Gartner reports, even if the device mix will see changes during the period.

Consumer preference to lower-priced tablets, coupled with growing capability, accelerates the shift away from PCs-- traditional desktop and notebook PC shipments are to drop by -7.9% during 2013, although ultramobile shipments should offset the decline to -3.5% when combined.


"While there will be some individuals who retain both a personal PC and a tablet, especially those who use either or both for work and play, most will be satisfied with the experience they get from a tablet as their main computing device," the analyst says. "As consumers shift their time away from their PC to tablets and smartphones, they will no longer see their PC as a device that they need to replace on a regular basis."

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How Does Europe's Digital Future Score?

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How Does Europe's Digital Future Score?

comScore releases the 2013 Europe Digital Future in Focus report-- an overview of the European digital landscape providing a guide to current trends in web usage, online video, mobile and search.

"European consumers are more digitally-engaged than ever before and their usage of mobile, internet-enabled devices is re-defining the media landscape," the analyst says.

According to the report 408.3 million in Europe used the internet via either PC or laptop in December 2012, a 7% Y-o-Y increase.

Within the EU5 (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and UK) 57% of mobile users owned a smartphone during Q4 2012, with Spain having the highest (66%) smartphone adoption rate. For the same period 23m EU5 users own both smartphone and tablet.

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IDC: Smart Connected Devices Reach 1 Billion in 2012

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IDC: Smart Connected Devices Reach 1 Billion in 2012

Global smart connected device (desktop and notebook PCs, tablets and smartphones) shipments reach 1 billion units in 2012 IDC reports, growing by 29.1% with revenues worth $576.9 billion.

Shipments in Q4 2012 amount to nearly 378m and revenues are over $168m as Apple closes in on market leader Samsung with 20.3% unit shipment share (versus 21.2% for Samsung) thanks to the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini.


Apple dominates Q4 2012 on a revenue basis, with 30.7% share versus 20.4% Samsung share.

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IDC: Further PC Market Declines in 2013

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IDC: Further PC Market Declines in 2013

IDC forecasts the PC market will decline for a second consecutive year in 2013, with global shipments to drop by -1.3% despite industry efforts to overcome current market inertia.

Overall 2012 sees global shipments decline by -3.7%, with volumes dropping even in emerging markets. According to the analyst 2012 ended on a particularly sour note, with Q4 2012 shipments shrinking by -8.3% due to an underwhelming Windows 8 launch, pressures from tablets and further economic woes hitting the market Continue reading...

IDC: Smartphones, Tablets Drive Connected Devices

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IDC: Smartphones, Tablets Drive Connected Devices

Smart connected device (desktop and portable PCs, tablets and smartphones) shipments total 367.7 million units in Q4 2012 with 28.3% Y-o-Y growth IDC reports-- with smartphones and tablets driving growth as PCs decline.

Overall 2012 shipments total 1.2 billion units.

According to the analyst PC shipments are down (desktops by -4.1% Y-o-Y, portables -3.4%), tablets show record 78.4% Y-o-Y growth and smartphones grow by 46.1% while accounting for 60.1% of all 2012 smart connected device shipments.

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iSuppli: Ultrabooks Drag NAND Flash Market

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iSuppli: Ultrabooks Drag NAND Flash Market

According to IHS iSuppli 2012 WW NAND flash memory revenues drop by -7% to $19.7 billion (down from $21.2bn in 2011) as ultrabook sales negate the impact of surging demand from Apple.

The analyst is still hopeful for the future though, and predicts 2013 revenues will rise to $22.4bn before expanding during the next few years.

“Because of its high-memory density, combined with high-volume shipments, Apple’s iPhone line in 2012 was the largest single consumer of NAND, helping to increase demand for the memory from the smartphone market,” iSuppli remarks. “However Ultrabook sales fell short of industry expectations, dragging down the overall NAND market for the year.”

Apple iPhones consume 10.5% of the total 2012 NAND flash supply-- while all other smartphones use just 10.4%. The iPhone has an average NAND flash density of 24.5GB, the highest in all smartphones according to the analyst.

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Canalys: Apple is Top PC Maker

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Canalys: Apple is Top PC Maker

Apple is the top Q4 2012 global PC maker according to Canalys, shipping 27 million units with over 20% share of the market as overall PC shipments reach 134m units with 12% Y-o-Y growth.

Samsung and Amazon also feature in the PC maker ranks, while Windows 8 has little effect on flat W. European notebook shipments.

Such numbers contrast sharply with those from Gartner and IDC, who paint a fair gloomier picture of the PC market-- but one has to keep in mind Canalys counts tablets as PCs in its totals, Continue reading...

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