7.4 Billion Mobiles to be Shipped 2012-2015

Gartner have just come up with their first 2014 forecast of device (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) shipments through 2015.

Apart from a rather confusing/interesting classification of hybrids and clamshells which has the highest growth rate of all (but from a very low base) the highlights we reckon are:

  • Tablets NOT overtaking PC’s on an annual basis until 2015
  • A reducing negative growth rate for PC’s sort of, halving in both 2014 and 2015
  • A reducing growth rate for Tablets  sort of, halving in both 2014 and 2015
  • Mobiles nearly reaching 2 billion shipments in 2015
  • Mobile shipments in the timeframe 2012-2015 totaling just over the worlds population at 7.4 billion

Gartner draws our attention to:

  • Nearly 2.5 billion device shipments in 2014 which is a 7.6% increase on last year
  • Worldwide tablet market growth in 2014 47% with smaller screens and lower average prices being significant drivers

They also provide unit shipments by operating system which shows the rise and rise of android more than doubling its market share from 23% in 2012 to 48% in 2015!

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