Mobile Device Sales Slow to 3.3% Globally

Among digital device markets, only the mobile phone segment is growing, driven by emerging markets, according to Gartner. http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/3088221

Still, mobile phone market growth rates are expected to slow down to 3.3 percent in 2015. "We have witnessed fewer and fewer first time buyers in China, a sign that the mobile phone market in there is reaching saturation,” said Annette Zimmermann, research director at Gartner.

Worldwide Devices Shipments by Device Type, 2014-2017 (Millions of Units)
Device Type
2014
2015
2016
2017
Traditional PCs (Desk-Based and Notebook)
277
251
243
233
Ultramobiles (Premium)
37
49
68
89
PC Market
314
300
311
322
Ultramobiles (Tablets and Clamshells)
226
214
228
244
Computing Devices Market
540
514
539
566
Mobile Phones
1,879
1,940
2,007
2,062
Total Devices Market
2,419
2,454
2,546
2,628
Source: Gartner (July 2015)
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