Regardless of the slump in PC shipments, 300 million new computers each year is still a huge number. For enterprises, the figures are probably not as important as ensuring that its wireless infrastructure is up to scratch to accommodate the huge influx of BYOD devices that are currently displacing PC shipments.
The worldwide mobile biometrics market is forecast by TechNavio to surge at a 157 percent compound annual growth rate through 2018, fueled by the increasing use of mobile devices for financial transactions.
The smart connected device market surged 9.7 percent in Europe last year, fueled by strong demand for tablets, particularly around the holidays, according to the latest IDC stats.
Growth in tablet sales, particularly in emerging markets, has led to the worst decline in PC market history, according to the latest stats from Gartner.
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt expressed surprise that businesses have moved so quickly to adopt tablets and said the paradigm shift is hastening the demise of the traditional enterprise software sales model pioneered by companies like Oracle.
Bucking the trend in other parts of the world, Australia and New Zealand experienced a 20 percent sequential drop in tablet shipments, while the two countries saw an 8 percent sequential increase in desktop PC shipments, according to second quarter stats from IDC.
Tablet shipments are expected to increase at a robust 67.9 percent this year to 202 million units, while PC shipments are forecast to drop 10.6 percent this year to 305 million units, according to the latest stats by Gartner.
Worldwide shipments of mobile phones, tablets and PCs are on pace to reach 2.35 billion units in 2013, a 5.9 percent year-over-year increase, and will eclipse the 2.5 billion milestone in 2014, research firm Gartner forecasts.
Sales of tablets are soaring in Australia and New Zealand, increasing 147 percent year-over-year to 1.14 million units in the first quarter of 2013, according to the latest stats from IDC.
The Big 4 emerging markets, Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC)--alone will ship more smart connected devices than the developed world combined in 2014, according to IDC estimates.