Researcher IDC today slightly lowered its tablet shipment forecast for 2013 and beyond, saying that competing technologies, including larger-sized smartphones and futuristic wearable computing devices will steal some dollars that would have gone to tablets.
In its revised predictions, IDC trimmed 2013 tablet shipment expectations by 1% from 229.3 million units to 227.4 million.
The change also affected forecasts IDC has made for the years 2014-17. Today, IDC said global tablet shipments in 2017 will almost reach 407 million, about 1% less than a May estimate of 410 million.
The Brazilian mobile device market is booming – mobile phone penetration levels are reported to be well over 100%. This might not be the full story though – a 2011 Nielsen report into global youth mobile ownership shows the country has a high level of multiple subscriptions among the younger generation, which have skewed the true figures. Despite the size of the market and the popularity of mobile devices, mobility in the workplace is yet to be investigated. To rectify this, IDG Connect interviewed a select group of IT and business professionals to gain an insight into business mobile use in Brazil.
While the large majority of the Western World has access to the internet – whether from mobile, laptop, library or school – things are very different in regions such as Latin America. The UN estimates that 50% of the world has little or no access to a computer, while in Mexico almost 70% of the population lack access to the web. Though Latin America may be a growing market, it still suffers high levels of inequality, and with it comes a severe lack of access to technology and the benefits it can bring. To test feeling around the issue of the Digital Divide, we surveyed 66 local business & IT professionals, asking if they felt the Digital Divide across Latin America was improving. Though the majority agreed that it was indeed getting smaller, a significant number felt that no progress is being made on the issue.
With IBM preparing to furlough most of its U.S. hardware staff, computing traditionalists are reminded once again that the personal computer as we know it is on its deathbed. The question for most of us is whether to keep our PCs on life-support or pull the plug.
Last week, Forbes’ Alex Konrad reported that hardware — including servers, power and storage systems — “had been the worst performing division for the company, down 12 percent year to year,” according to IBM’s 2013 Q2 results. No, the news didn’t concern its PC business, which Lenovo bought back in 2006. But the specter of hardware decline in general highlights the decline of the PC.
Make that the accelerating decline of the PC. In March, IDC predicted that the global PC market would shrink by 1.3 percent in 2013. By May, IDC revised its 2013 forecast, predicting a decline of 7.8 percent. And that 7.8 percent fall comes on the heels of the 3.7 percent decline in the global PC market that IDC tracked in 2012.
“Social and mobile are two legs of the same stool”. That’s what IDG Global Solutions (IGS) CEO Matt Yorke told IGS Director Howard Sholkin at the 2013 Emerging Markets Outlook Conference. Yorke explained why mobile and social should be at the heart of every program IDG builds and the importance of a great user experience…
Average time spent with digital media per day will surpass TV viewing time for the first time this year, according to eMarketer’s latest estimate of media consumption among US adults.
The average adult will spend over 5 hours per day online, on nonvoice mobile activities or with other digital media this year, eMarketer estimates, compared to 4 hours and 31 minutes watching television. Daily TV time will actually be down slightly this year, while digital media consumption will be up 15.8%.
The most significant growth area is on mobile. Adults will spend an average of 2 hours and 21 minutes per day on nonvoice mobile activities, including mobile internet usage on phones and tablets—longer than they will spend online on desktop and laptop computers, and nearly an hour more than they spent on mobile last year.
SAN MATEO, Calif., August 2013 – As expected, worldwide tablet shipment growth slowed in the second quarter of 2013 (2Q13), according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. Worldwide tablet shipments finally experienced a sequential decline as total volumes fell -9.7% from 1Q13. However, the 45.1 million units shipped in the second quarter was up 59.6% from the same quarter in 2012, when tablet vendors shipped 28.3 million devices.
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – The worldwide mobile phone market grew 6.0% year over year in the second quarter of 2013 (2Q13). According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 432.1 million mobile phones in 2Q13 compared to 407.7 million units in the second quarter of 2012. The 2Q13 total was also slightly higher than the 428.8 million units shipped in the first quarter of 2013.
The growth in the mobile phone market was partly driven by vendors from outside the Top 5 who experienced torrid shipment growth that outpaced the overall market. Several vendors, including Alcatel and Huawei, had high double- and triple-digit growth rates in the second quarter for their Android-based offerings shipped to high-growth countries such as China and India. In 2Q13, these vendors from outside the Top 5 accounted for 44.8% of the overall shipment volume, up from 42.2% in the same quarter one year ago.