With the growing popularity and increased penetration of affordable tablets over desktops and notebooks, tablets will finally take over the notebook shipments in 2014, Canalys predicts. According to the report, Tablets alone (with 285 million units shipments) will account for half of the total PC shipments, including that for desktops, notebooks, and tablets in 2014, and are forecasted to grow to 396 million units in 2017. Android will be the dominating software on the tablets. Also Read - Samsung reveals Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3 features officially, S Pen support confirmed
The findings of the report suggest that even though the worldwide client PC market grew 18 percent in third quarter of 2013, the desktop and netbook shipments continue to witness a steep fall in their sales. Tablet shipments, on the other hand, have accounted for 40 percent of the total shipments in July-September of 2013. And even though the tablet shipment numbers are less than 50,000 units than the global notebook shipments, it will still be able to dominate the PC market in 2014.
On the software front, Android tablets are forecasted to take 65 percent share in 2014 with 185 million units, out of which Samsung is expected to continue to be the top vendor with a strong year-on-year growth. Samsung recorded 27 percent share of Android tablet shipments in third quarter of 2013.
In terms of vendors, Apple and Samsung are expected to continue leading the tablet market but at the same time will also feel the heat from other competitors in the market. Reportedly, Apple remained the top tablet vendor throughout 2013. And with the launch of its new generation of iPads namely the iPad Air and new iPad mini, it is further expected to continue to remain the top vendor even in 2014.
However, on the PC front, Apple too will witness the fall in demand in 2014 and beyond.
Canalys has also forecasted that Microsoft’s tablet market share will grow from 2 percent in 2012 to 5 percent in 2014. However, analysts feel that the company will need to work on a better app ecosystem and address to the coexistence of Windows Phone and Windows RT. “To improve its position it must drive app development and better utilize other relevant parts of its business to round out its mobile device ecosystem,” said Canalys Research Analyst Pin Chen Tang.