Written by: Peter Dinham | Published in: MarketThe world’s going mobile in a big way, moving sharply away from desktops and PCs to smartphones and tablets, with shipments in the fourth quarter of 2010 exceeding desktop and PC shipments, and last year an estimated 480 million smartphones and tablets shipped, compared to 380 million desktops and PCs.
The current worldwide outlook for sales of PCs look bright, with an exceptional fourth quarter last year followed by year-on-year growth in shipments of 27.1 percent in the first quarter of this year, and forecasts by IDC of further recovery in the market after the global economic downturn.
Worldwide PC shipments are projected to total 367.8 million units in 2010, a 19.2 percent increase from 2009. But demand for desktops and notebooks is likely to fall in the second half of the year, the research firm adds....
A lot has changed in the three years since the last major Windows announcement. Netbooks were on the rise. The iPad wouldn’t be introduced for another six months and Nokia still had the lead for most smartphone sales in the world. Only 172 million smartphones were sold in 2009 vs. an estimated 146 million units in just one quarter of this year.
They’d make unhappy bedfellows but — taken together — Google’s Android platform and Apple’s iOS accounted for a record 92 per cent of global smartphone shipments in Q4 last year, according to new figures from analyst Strategy Analytics. The analyst estimates that 152.1 million Android smartphones were shipped globally in the quarter, nearly double the amount shipped i