Global PC Market expected to decline 7.6 percent in 2013
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Information technology research company Gartner is predicting combined shipments of PCs, tablets, and mobile phones to total 2.4 billion units in 2013. Year-over-year that would be a 9 percent increase in shipments as last year’s total added up to 2.2 billion units. Meanwhile combined shipments for 2017 are expected to reach nearly 3 billion devices.
However, desktop PCs and notebooks will apparently be bucking the upward trend since researchers believe a change in consumers’ behavior will have traditional PCs declining by as much as 7.6 percent. As smartphones and tablets continue to explode onto the scene, Gartner maintains that consumers will be spending more time using the smaller devices and gradually drift away from their PCs. As a result, the need for PCs to be replaced will slowly slip into a longer timeframe. The research firm believes this behavior to be long term and unrelated to global economic austerity.
As for operating systems, Android and Windows shipped nearly 500 million and 350 million devices respectively last year. This year Windows' numbers are not expected to change, while Android is predicted to ship approximately 860 million devices in 2013.