Devices Shipments To Grow 6.9% Globally This Year, Says Gartner, As PC Decline Softens

TechCrunch

Analyst Gartner has just put out its latest worldwide devices forecast, predicting a growth rate of 6.9% for shipments of traditional PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones this year. That’s up on the 4.8% growth achieved last year.

Collectively, 2.5 billion devices are expected to ship in 2014.

Phones will make up 1.9 billion of that pie, a 4.9% increase on last year. Growth in phones is projected to come from mid-tier devices.

Worldwide shipments of traditional PCs are forecast to total 276.7 million units in 2014, a 6.6% decline on 2013.

The improved overall devices growth rate vs last year is down to a couple of factors, says Gartner analyst Ranjit Atwal: on the one hand, a softening of the decline in PC sales, and on the other continued adoption of mobile phones in emerging markets as handset prices are squeezed lower to allow more of us meatsacks to…

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