PC Sales to Stabilize in the Near Future
According to IT research company Gartner the decline in PC sales is going to slow down. Although the PC market may have declined by almost 10% in 2013, the rate is expected to come down to 3% in 2014.
On the other hand, it is estimated that the growing demand for PC tablets is going to slow. Overall 250+ million units are expected to be shipped this year, a growth of around 24% over the last year.
In the mobile phone segment, the sales are expected to grow by over 3% over the last year, with around 1.9 billion units to be shipped this year. More than 66% of the mobile phones sold this year will be smart phones.
Around 60 million business computers will be replaced, especially in the developed countries. It is expected that companies will be upgrading from Windows XP, thus driving some growth. Japan will be seeing double-digit growth rate at both business and consumer levels.
Besides, there will be changes with regard to the devices. It is expected that there will be de-growth in the segment of conventional desktops and notebooks (heavier machines with larger screens). The figures in this segment will be 6.7% in 2014 and 5.3% in 2015.
With the growing home automation market, dominated by Apple, Google and Microsoft, there is going to be larger demand for cell phones. While these three giants are vying for the home automation segment, security, phone and cable companies like ADT, AT&T and Comcast are developing home security products. These companies aim to offer connectivity to their systems via smart phones and tablets.
Android is strongly driving the mobile market and the transfer of data from Google’s Nest to Google Now is laying the foundation for smart phones. The PC market has had been experiencing drop in sales over the last two years.
However, it is expected that gradually the market is going to pick up in both traditional and new market segments. Besides, the slowing down of tablet sales will also give a boost to the PC market.