The race for third place in the tablet market is up for grabs and competition is heating up between Lenovo, Amazon, ASUS and other emerging vendors.
The personal computer remains the preferred viewing device for over-the-top video worldwide, followed by tablets and smartphones, a new survey conducted by SPB TV reveals. But the television is still holding its own as a home for high-quality "destination" viewing such as sports.
IDC has lowered its forecast for worldwide tablet and 2-in-1 (computers that can function as tablets) shipments to 233.1 million units. This represents 6.5 per cent year-over-year growth rate, which is well below the 12.1 per cent growth rate previously forecast.
Worldwide revenues from tablet games will reach $13.3 billion (€10 billion) by 2019, a threefold rise on the 2014 figure of $3.6 billion.
The number of household bill payments made via PCs, tablets and mobiles will exceed 20 billion this year, representing approximately 16 per cent of all global consumer household bills.
The worldwide tablet grew 11 per cent year over year in the second quarter of 2014 with shipments reaching 49.3 million units, according to preliminary data from IDC.
CCS Insight said a slowdown in the tablet market in 2014 has been more dramatic than expected, with latest forecasts saying that growth is now expected to drop to just 14 per cent worldwide compared to increases of 71 per cent in 2013 and 79 per cent in 2012.
According to latest market forecasts, branded OEM shipments will exceed 200 million in 2014.
The extensive presence of LTE networks is stimulating the deployment of VoLTE, with 59.6 million VoLTE subscriptions expected to be in place by the end of 2014.
Total global shipments of branded tablets reached 41.3 million in the first quarter of 2014, as Samsung continued to close the gap with Apple.