Gartner: mobile phone and tablet shipments to exceed 2 billion units combined in 2013

Gartner: mobile phone and tablet shipments to exceed 2 billion units combined in 2013
The latest forecast from research firm Gartner is out, and if the firm's analysts are reading the tea leaves correctly, over 2 billion mobile phone and tablet units will be shipped in 2013. That doesn't include shipments of a category Gartner calls ultramobile which includes "Chromebooks, thin and light clamshell designs, and slate and hybrid devices running Windows 8." That niche is expected to be the fastest growing with shipments expected to soar 207% to over 20 million units in 2013. Gartner sees this segment of the market nearly doubling next year with close to 40 million ultramobile devices forecast to be transported.

Meanwhile, mobile phone shipments are expected to rise 4.2% this year to reach a total of 1.82 billion units. Tablet shipments are forecast to increase almost 68% to hit almost 202 million units. Together, that means more than 2 billion handsets and tablets will be shipped in 2013. For next year, Gartner sees the growth in tablet shipments declining to 37%, hitting 276 million tablets. Transportation of mobile phones are forecast to actually show slightly faster growth of 4.3% to 1.9 billion units.

Gartner sees shipment of Android flavored models nearly doubling from 2012 to 2014. From the 505 million Android powered devices shipped in 2012, the researcher sees that figure hitting 1.06 billion next year. For this year, the growth in shipped Android units is expected to be 71% to 867 million devices, topping the chart by a large margin. Windows is second thanks to the inclusion of PCs running the platform. According to Gartner, iOS is the more balanced operating system with 90% of Android sales in the smartphone market and 85% of Windows sales in the PC market.

source: Gartner via

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