Global device growth expected to be anemic in 2016, says Gartner

The forecast highlights what is likely to be a rough year for computing devices overall. Markets such as tablets, PCs and smartphones have matured and largely stagnated.

Global device shipments, which includes PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones, will grow at a 1.9 percent clip in 2016, but overall spending will decline for the first time, according to Gartner.

The forecast highlights what is likely to be a rough year for computing devices overall. Markets such as tablets, PCs and smartphones have matured and largely stagnated. As a result, vendors will need strategies for mature and emerging markets that are stable as well as economically challenged, said Gartner.

Overall, the PC market is expected to slip 1 percent in terms of units, but increase 4 percent in 2017. Windows 10 and 2-in-1 devices will drive future growth. In addition, enterprises are expected to upgrade to Windows 10 at a faster clip than previous releases.

Mobile phone shipments will increase 2.6 percent, but overall spending will decline. Smartphones will represent 82 percent of all mobile phones in 2016.

Here's a look at the forecast.

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