Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Is Post-PC Era of Computing Now Creating "Post-PC" Device Profiles?

Tablet shipments (perhaps not directly “sales”) declined seven percent, year over year, in the second quarter of 2015, according to the latest analysis by IDC.

Tablet shipments of 44.7 million units also represented a decline of nearly four percent sequentially.That might indicate a faster rate of decline in the recent quarters.

Perhaps the "post-PC era" really means post-PC, with tablets being a form factor derivative of PCs, or acting as PC substitutes.

Perhaps smartphones really are the emerging example of human interaction with computing in the post-PC era of computing. Eventually, a wide range of devices and sensors likely will tell the story, with "cloud computing" enabling connectivity as a core feature of a modern appliance.

"Beyond the decline, we're seeing a profound shift in the vendor landscape as the top two vendors, Apple and Samsung, lose share in the overall market," said Jean Philippe Bouchard, IDC Research Director for Tablets.

Top Five Worldwide Tablet Vendors - Preliminary Results for the Second Quarter of 2015 (Shipments in millions)
Vendor
2Q15 Unit Shipments
2Q15 Market Share
2Q14 Unit Shipments
2Q14 Market Share
Year-Over-Year Growth
1. Apple
10.9
24.5%
13.3
27.7%
-17.9%
2. Samsung
7.6
17.0%
8.6
18.0%
-12.0%
3. Lenovo
2.5
5.7%
2.4
4.9%
6.8%
4. Huawei*
1.6
3.7%
0.8
1.7%
103.6%
4. LG Electronics*
1.6
3.6%
0.5
1.0%
246.4%
Others
20.4
45.6%
22.4
46.7%
-9.3%
Total
44.7
100.0%
48.0
100.0%
-7.0%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, July 29, 2015

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