Device sales should decrease this year as tablet fever subsides, says IDC.
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And this year will see the sharpest decline in sales to date, says IDC.
Amid a 3.7 percent drop in worldwide revenue for the quarter largely from weaker Unix server demand, HP overtook IBM in terms of market share on improved sales for x86-based ProLiant servers, according to IDC.
After more than two years on the market, Chromebooks appear to be suffering from the same malaise as netbooks. The latest figures from IDC show that only Samsung has been able to ship more than "tiny volumes" of Chromebooks, and most sales have been in the K-12 education market, not to consumers.
Research firm IDC says mobile device sales have dipped for two consecutive quarters in Australia and New Zealand.
IDC expects worldwide PC shipments to decline even further than first thought, partly in due to a PC market decline but also a further expansion in tablet and smartphone sales.
IDC figures suggest IT powerhouses in eastern European markets are slowing in server sales, based on weak demand for traditional x86 servers.
Overall, IDC said that HPC server sales hit $2.5 billion in the first quarter, up 5.3 percent from a year ago.
Slow sales in China have prompted IDC to reduce its first-quarter sales forecast by almost 2 percentage points. However, in the longer term, the PC market should be sustained by businesses upgrading from Windows XP.
Tablet sales are expected to continue its growth momentum throughout 2013, according to IDC, thanks to Android-based tablets market share growth in 2012.
Despite contrary reports about Lenovo, IDC still reports that Hewlett-Packard is the top PC seller in the world.
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.
The smartphone market continues to be hot and as we approach the holiday buying season, sales should remain strong. IDC continues to predict that Windows Phone will earn the number three spot behind Android and iOS.
Research company IDC reports that second quarter sales in its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region grew by 9.1 percent to 25.2 million in this year's second quarter
Spurred on by technological innovation including the launch of Windows 8, IDC predicts steady growth in the market until 2016 -- but reduced from earlier predictions.
IDC has increased its forecast for sales of media consumption tablets for 2012-16, while predicting a decline in Android's market share. The new forecast also ignores tablets running Microsoft's Windows RT, though the research company says it plans to add these from the next quarter.
The PC industry may be today's whipping boy for smartphone and tablet fanboys, but IDC is predicting that PC shipments will climb from 353.3 million last year -- almost a million a day -- to more than 500 million in 2016.
PC sales have been struggling in the US and Europe but the Asia Pacific region (excluding Japan) saw an 11 percent growth in shipments to 119 million units last year, according to American research company IDC. This was 3 percent ahead of forecasts.
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.
IDC says 18.1 million media tablets were shipped in this year's third quarter, an increase of 264.
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