If you think mobile devices are ubiquitous now, just wait.
Worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are projected to reach 2.4 billion units this year, a 4.2 percent increase from 2013.
That’s the latest projection from Gartner.
“2014 will be marked by a relative revival of the global PC market,” says Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner.
Following a dip of nearly 10% in 2013, the global PC market (desk-based, notebook and premium ultramobile) is on pace to contract only 2.9 percent in 2014.
“Business upgrades from Windows XP and the general business replacement cycle will lessen the downward trend, especially in Western Europe,” said Atwal. “This year, we anticipate nearly 60 million professional PC replacements in mature markets.” The traditional PC market (desk-based and notebook) will follow the same downward trend and is on pace to contract 6.7 percent in 2014 and 5.3 percent in 2015.
Specifically, sales of mobile phones are expected to reach 1.9 billion units in 2014, a 3.1 percent increase from 2013.