Tablets to account for 50% of all PC shipments in 2014

Tablets to account for 50% of all PC shipments in 2014
There have long been talks about the "post-PC era", because while some may need the power and flexibility of a full PC, most users can do whatever they want with just a tablet. It's the reason we fully expect Apple's 12.9-inch iPad to move into the tablet/laptop hybrid space, and why Chromebooks work: most users don't need a lot to meet their computing needs. 2014 may turn out to be the tipping point, according to Canalys.

Canalys is predicting that by the end of 2014, if you add up all of the shipments of desktops, laptops, and tablets, tablets will end up accounting for a full 50% of shipments. Tablet shipments made up 40% of the PC market in Q3 of 2013, and Canalys is saying that next year tablets will hit 285 million units shipped, and as many as 396 million in 2018. 

And, on the platform side of it, Android is expected to lead the charge and drive the growth of the tablet sector. Canalys expects Android to make up 65% of tablet shipments in 2014, which would be around 185 million units. On the brand level, Samsung already makes up more than one quarter of Android tablet shipments, and that trend is expected to continue as well. But, there is good news for Microsoft as Windows is expected to grow its share from 2% to 5% of the tablet market.

source: Canalys via The Next Web



1. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I predict that Windows Tablets will get better sales if Intel sells it's CPU's cheaper than it does now. The high cost of Windows Tablets that can run full Legacy Programs well is what is holding Windows tablets back. The New 8 inch Windows 8.1 Tablets that run can Legacy apps made by Dell, HP, Acer, and Lenovo will help The sales of Windows 8.1 Tablets because they can run Legacy apps and cost between 300 t0 400 dollars which is affordable to many many People. What has shocked the hell out of me is why Microsoft and Nokia are not selling an affordable 8 inch Windows 8.1 tablets than can run Windows legacy Programs. they both want to sell 8 inch Tablets running Windows 8.1 RT type OS which does not run Legacy apps this is logical because Microsoft will continue to make Windows on Arms CPU's Tablets but MS desperately needs a low 300 t0 400 dollar tablet running a Version of Windows 8.1 that can run legacy apps. The 8 inch ATOM powered tablets can give Microsoft the Low cost Legacy Windows 8.1 tablets to help them be a force in the tablet world.

2. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Hmm... I counted seven uses of the word "legacy" in there. Not bad, but with just a little practice and determination, I think you could increase that count to double-digits!

3. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

I still find it amusing that legacy support is a must for MS to compete in the tablet market. Neither iOS or Android can run "legacy" applications. I have a Lumia 2520 and previously a Surface RT. Both have been fantastic, and (arguably) more capable than the iPad or a comparable Android tablet. What MS should to do for RT is add vpn support, and allow for development of desktop applications. Then we could get the companies making those "legacy" applications to recompile their applications for arm processors. Atom processors are a flaming turd, and proper x86 processors will continue to be expensive.

4. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Practically none of these tablets ran Windows on x86, times are achanging. Because tablets change the way that many people use computers, all the value in the legacy ways of doing things is decimated.

5. Furbal unregistered

You can get a dell venue 8 pro for $209 right now. Can't get much cheaper than that. I picked up a t100 last month and the dell yesterday. So far very pleased with them except the long charge time on the t100. Bay trail is pretty nice.

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