Research firm IDC says the top-heavy tablet market saw shipments drop 3.2 percent for Q4 2014, marking the industry's first ever year-over-year decline.
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Nevertheless, IDC analysts traced "a significant slowdown compared to 2013."
Apple's iPhone is a fantastic device and it sells well in areas like North America where consumers can afford the high average selling price. Smartphone growth is slowing and long term forecasts are getting more reliable.
Android manufacturers continue to be successful in the mobile phone market while Apple showed its 2nd slowest growth in about four years.
Samsung has continued its success in the smartphone and overall mobile phone market with a continued rise in market share, while a couple of Chinese vendors have made it into the top five as well.
In the next few years, 50 percent of applications will be hybrid, combine the use of native programming with HTML, and be delivered in a native shell to specific types of devices, according to IBM marketing manager for mobile Jon Baxter.
Companies ranked customer relationship management as the mobility application that would provide the most significant impact to their businesses, according to a survey by IDC commissioned by IFS.
Samsung remains in the lead in the mobile market, according to IDC figures, while Apple continues to speed up and gain traction in China. But, Nokia is nowhere to be seen in the smartphone space.
Samsung has increased its lead over Apple in the market for "smart connected devices", which includes PCs, tablets and smartphones, says IDC, while smartphones will take two thirds of this device market by 2016.
While Apple continues to dominate the growing tablet market, Samsung is making a play with their Android competitors. Asus also did well thanks to the Google Nexus 7 launched earlier this year.
About 8 in 10 bought an Apple device, driven by pent up demand for new iPad and a drop in iPad 2's price, which helped extend the Cupertino firm's market share.
Apple's mobile market share in China has dropped by almost half, while Lenovo saw its share rocket. Is China still a tough cookie for Apple to crack?
Apple, Samsung and Asus have all seen growth in shipments and market share over the last year, but IDC figures indicate a much tougher fight for Acer
The Australian PC market suffered its worst quarter in two years, from January to March, according to IDC research, which laid the drop at the feet of the global economy, the carbon tax and interest rates.
If you're a challenger to the Android-Apple tag team these IDC standings are simply depressing.
IDC researchers think that Google's wide range of assets is the key to implementing its social strategies.
Shortages of hard drives and competition from other devices squeezed the PC market at the end of 2011, research has shown, with only Apple delivering strong growth
IT managers are being expected to provide secure mobile banking products with budgets that are too limited, IDC research conducted on behalf of Akamai has found
Recent numbers from IDC showed that Samsung was the king of the smartphone market in the third quarter of the year, but Apple's iPhone 4S brought Apple back up to top spot at the end of October through to November, according to research by Worldpanel ComTech Australia.
Country saw growth in both PC and media tablet markets in third quarter, reveals IDC figures, with Android tablet sales catching up to Apple iPads.
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