Tablet shipments climbing slower

Tablet shipments climbing slower

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

July 31, 2014

Tablet shipments are on pace for a year of gains in 2014 but still aren't quite keeping up with last year's growth rate.

Worldwide shipments of tablets during the second quarter of 2014 totaled 49.3 million units, an increase of 11 percent compared to last year's Q2 performance. And, according to research firm IDC, the second half of 2014 will see tablet shipments continue to grow, despite being held back by a handful of lingering market factors.

"The market is still being impacted by the rise of large-screen smartphones and longer than anticipated ownership cycles," said Jean Philippe Bouchard, IDC Research Director for Tablets, in a release. "We can also attribute the market deceleration to slow commercial adoption of tablets. Despite this trend, we believe that stronger commercial demand for tablets in the second half of 2014 will help the market grow and that we will see more enterprise-specific offerings, as illustrated by the Apple and IBM partnership, come to market."

Tracking the amount of new devices entering the marketplace helps provide a snapshot of future waste streams — one potentially intriguing industry trend to watch is the "longer than anticipated ownership cycles" exhibited by tablet customers, IDC notes. This runs somewhat counter to the popular belief that today's gadget owners replace their devices at a rapid, if insatiable, rate, leaving behind perfectly good electronics in their wake.

By vendor, Apple continues to hold on to the top spot among tablet vendors. Apple, with 26.9 percent market share during Q2, was trailed by Samsung (17.2 percent), Lenovo (4.9 percent), ASUS (4.6 percent) and Acer Group (2.0 percent). A host of smaller vendors made up for the remaining 44.4 percent market share, a notable increase over Q2 2013's share of 37.0 percent.

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