Global tablet computer sales will record more than the personal computer (PC) in 2015, another sign of the shifting landscape of technologies, a survey showed on Monday.
A report by research firm Gartner said that although there is a shift happening cooling the tablet market in 2014 and some stability in PC sales, because of the increase (upgrade) devices aging.
The research firm said it expected total PC sales of 308 million units this year, with some growth in “ultramobiles” offset the decline in traditional desktop and laptop purchases.
For 2014, PC sales will continue to lead on a tablet - with estimated sales of 256 million units. But in 2015, tablet sales will reach 320 million compared to 316 million for the sale of the PC.
Prediction came in a report which said the sale of devices including PCs, tablets and mobile phones reached 2.4 billion units this year.
Gartner analysts said the tablet market is slightly cooled, with growth slowing to 23.9 percent this year, about half of the speed of 2013 While the PC market looks relatively stable - with an estimated decline of 2.9 percent after declining 9.5 percent in years ago.
Gartner analyst Ranjit Atwal said PC sales were helped by an increase (upgrade) and the replacement of old devices.
"This year, we anticipate nearly 60 million replacement of professional PCs in mature markets," he said.
Mobile phone sales are expected to reach 1.9 billion units in 2014, an increase of 3.1 per cent - with smart phones (smartphones) to contribute two-thirds of the total.
Taking into account all the devices, Google’s Android is expected to represent approximately half of all sales - 1.16 billion, Gartner said. Windows devices will reach 333 million, while Apple’s iOS and MacOS total will amount to 271 million, the report said, Reuters reported.