Gartner also reveals that tablets will continue to bite big chunks of the market share of traditional desktop PCs and laptops/notebooks in 2014/2015. As the market for tablets gradually gets saturated, the prices of these devices will surely go down, the agency predicts. In addition, users begin to look for additional features in the devices they want to lay their hands on. The price factor is still present, but more and more more and more consumers now look for, say, better connectivity or extra portability when on the market for a new slate.
Gartner expects that the overall number of Android devices that will be shipped by the end of 2014 will surpass the psychological barrier of 1 billion devices. Around 1.17 billion Android-powered gadgets will most probably be sold in 2014 alone, whereas their amount will rise to 1.358 billion in 2015. Meanwhile, Apple is predicted to retail roughly 286.4 million iOS devices in 2014 and 324 million in 2015.
source: Gartner via Digitimes