This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
TheStreet Open House

2014: A Banner Year for 'Devices,' a Not-So-Bad Year for PCs

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- New research predicted computer devices of all types will have a very good 2014 despite the continuing decline of traditional personal computers.

According to Gartner combined worldwide shipments of all devices including desktop PCs, notebooks, tablets, hybrids, clamshells and mobile phones will climb to 2.5 billion units this year. That's a 6.9% boost over 2013 results which, in turn, was a 4.8% increase over 2012 results.

Researchers were quick to point out that while traditional PCs such as desktops and laptops continued their decline in popularity, that trend is slowing slightly.

The super-heated tablet business is reportedly maturing as well. According to Gartner research director Ranjit Atwal: "Tablet substitution of notebooks will start to dissipate from this year onwards as consumers and businesses align the right device (such as tablets or hybrid detachable/convertibles) fits with the right usage pattern."

Gartner said it believes retailers have to begin changing their sales strategies as tablet prices continue to decline. New tablet users will be looking for smaller screens and greater portability. Current tablet users will want better connectivity when choosing replacement models.

Mobile phones are expected to see the largest amount of overall success in the future. Gartner predicted the segment will see nearly 5% growth over 2013 numbers for a total of 1.9 billion units shipped this year. Most of that growth is expected to take place everywhere on the planet except for North America.

The gains are expected to come from the "lower end of the premium phones market" and the "higher end of the basic phone market." That means we will see more, varied models (price and feature-wise) from industry leaders Apple (AAPL - Get Report), Samsung, LG, Microsoft (MSFT - Get Report)/Nokia (NOK), HTC, BlackBerry (BBRY), as well as HP (HPQ), Lenovo/Motorola and a long list of China-based brands.

PC shipments are at the other end of the scale. They're expected to decline 6.6% from 2013, falling to an estimated 276.7 million units this year.


When viewed by operating system popularity, both Android and iOS are expected to continue their winning ways and Microsoft Windows software will remain in second place overall.

Again, North American shipments are a slightly different story. Gartner reported iOS tablet growth slowed in this region and believes Apple needs to "reinvigorate its replacement cycle" and announce newer models more often than its current schedule.

As for the Android operating system, Gartner said Google should be able to meet its goal of selling more than 1 billion devices in 2014.

-- Written by Gary Krakow in New York.

To submit a news tip, send an email to tips@thestreet.com.

Gary Krakow is TheStreet's Senior Technology Correspondent.

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Try it NOW
Only $9.95
Try it NOW
14-Days Free
Try it NOW

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
SYM TRADE IT LAST %CHG
AAPL $123.25 0.00%
MSFT $40.97 0.00%
FB $83.30 0.00%
GOOG $548.34 0.00%
TSLA $185.00 0.00%

Markets

DOW 17,712.66 +34.43 0.19%
S&P 500 2,061.02 +4.87 0.24%
NASDAQ 4,891.2190 +27.8570 0.57%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs