Android to grow its hold on the market, tablet shipments said to outgrow traditional PCs in 2015

Android will extend its commanding hold of the mobile market in 2015, as the traditional PC industry continues its slow, but steady decline, according to the latest research by Gartner. 

This latest forecast claims that overall shipments of traditional PCs, tablets and phones will grow to 2.4 billion units in 2014. Of all that, phones and tablets make up a huge 88%, and most of that number is attributed to devices running on Google’s Android. In comparison with last year, in 2014 we’re witnessing a 4.2% growth in shipments.

Interestingly, while Android has been the number one platform in terms of market share with no close runner-up in sight, it will even widen its lead this year with shipments of 1.168 billion devices, up from 898.9 million last year. In 2015, Gartner projects that shipments of Android gadgets will reach 1.371 billion.

Apple’s iOS devices, in comparison, will have a much more modest growth: to 271.5 million in 2014, and 301.3 million next year.

Another interesting forecast by Gartner is that tablet PCs will finally overtake traditional PC sales next year. Tablets have seen booming growth in the past few years, but projections show that it will be 2015 when they finally outpace traditional PCs: tablet sales in 2015 should grow to 320.9 million, while traditional PCs will decline to 261.6 million.

source: Gartner via TechCrunch



1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Sad. :(

7. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

See, i told you... You are just a Sony fan boy with no admiration for the OS.

8. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Please just stop it already... You're not getting anywhere by saying that. I just think it's sad that tablet surpass PC's. I love Android on phones. Right now I think it's the best phone platform. We'll have to see what Windows, BB ans Jolla have to bring. Also Sony's skin is not my favourite. It has the shared first place with Sense.

9. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Then you should've specified it why its sad.

10. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

I don't find it sad at all, Microsoft Windows monopoly needs to crash.

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

What monopoly?

13. swayze91

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

What monopoly are talking about?

12. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Oh, I'm so sorry. Will remember to do that next time.

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7219; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Its not sad at all. Think about the majority of the population out there in the world. The majority of the people only work with a few documents, spreadsheets, presentations, browse the web, play a few games, chat and socialize with friends, banking, purchase some things off the web, check news, weather, sports, and more. So when you look at that list above, then almost any tablet will do. If you want or need to run more engaging software like autocad, development tools (programming), and some others. Then a current laptop or desktop will do. This totally makes sense that tablets are going to take over from PC sales.

15. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

But why need a tablet for those when you have a smartphone? Tablets just have a bigger screen. Why not just get a some sort of PC then. A much more comfortable experience with the keyboard and mouse. Plus many modern ultrabooks have a touchscreen if you want to use it sometimes.

17. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

You can easily relax on a couch or on a coffe shop with tablet, but it's harder with notebook / some soft of PC, because you need a table to put the some sort of PC.

21. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

In fact it's easier with an Ultrabook. It has the keyboard part which acts like a stand; you can leave it on your legs when sitting, on your stomach when lied down, and in that coffee shop you can put your Ultrabook on the table. And in all these situations you don't have to hold the device. It's holding itself and you can adjust the screen into the most comfortable position.

16. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

I think it's all about balance. PC has been sold for too long, that people feel tablet is the new things, so the sales number just keep increasing. After a while, it will balance out. I don't know the ratio, but I believe tablet will not replace PC.

24. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Wow I just realized you actually said "fan boy" and not "fanboy". Thanks for at least saying that lol

2. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Definitely android will grow more especially with android L. And tablets are best suitable for multimedia stuffs unless MS so something about it. Surfaces are good but too pricey. And iOS and android is not good for productivity compared to windows OS . I hope MS introduce a 8 inch surface with attractive price tag.

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Windows OS maybe a bit better in productivity but it the fact it is too resource and power hungry to be really productive on it. Tablets are generally meant for entertainment and casual catching up on work without actually using it as a primary source of work. Also 8 inch display for a Windows OS will be too cumbersome. Windows OS (except the Metro pane) is not really touch friendly on a small display.

4. express77 unregistered

Well, there is some rapid improvement in Windows power consumption. They just need to be innovative again like they were a long time ago.

19. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Chromebook/Desktop/Notebook is for those who produce content more than consuming it. Tablet/Smartphone is for those who consume content more than producing it.

18. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

I think android one (along with android L) will be one of the driving factor too. Therefore, I won't be surprise if Google manage to break the 2 billion barrier in 2015, and destroy MS even further.

5. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I hope they don't grow till a Google monopoly LOL.

6. express77 unregistered

Good. It will force MS to do something better.

20. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

They did, by producing android phone. LOL

22. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Well, Android tablets have became fantastic, affordable little machines and an incredible value for money. For 250$ people can now buy devices such as Xiaomi MiPad and PiPO P1.. In short, slick performance, superb 2K screens, solid build quality, dual cameras and full connectivity as well as myriad of apps from a rapidly growing ecosystem. Whereas in a pc world, that money can get you only the crappiest laptops with abysmal 768p TN screens and 3 hours of battery life.

23. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

so true. I don't understand with 1366x768 screen resolution on most cheap notebook. Why...

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