Gartner report 2013: PC market to decline

Posted on April 6, 2013 10:00 am

A market tracking survey has revealed that sales of traditional desktop and mobile personal computers are expected to drop 7.6% this year as consumers shift to tablets and other devices. Lower prices, form factor variety, cloud update and consumers’ addiction to apps will be the key drivers in the tablet market. Gartner report says that growth in the tablet segment will not be limited to mature markets alone. Overall, the report published by the research firm Gartner predicted that all connected devices mainly the PCs, tablets and mobile phones are on pace to grow nine percent this year to 2.4 billion units. The intense competition of lower-priced tablets with increased power is accelerating the shift from PCs to tablets. 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, the survey noted most people will be satisfied with the experience they get from a tablet as their main computing device.

Gartner said worldwide tablet shipments would jump 69.8% this year to 197 million units. Another notable finding from the Gartner survey is the fact that consumers are shifting their time away from their PC to tablets and smartphones and no longer see their PC as a device that need replacement on a regular basis. The report added that traditional PC market of notebooks and desktop units is expected to see a 7.6% decline this year to around 315 million units. According to Gartner, that will be offset in part by ultra-mobile PCs expected to double to 23.6 million units. Gartner survey revealed that most users in emerging markets looking for a companion to their mobile phone could likely choose a tablet as their first computing device and not a PC. Google Android system was the most popular in 2012 with 22% of the 2.2 billion devices while Windows operating system stood at 15.6% followed by Apple’s iOS on 10%. This year, Gartner predicts that Android’s share is likely to rise to nearly 36%, wile 15% for Windows and 12% for Apple.

Contador Harrison