The worldwide tablet market declined yet again in the fourth quarter of 2015 with 65.9 million units shipped, down 13.7 per cent year-on-year.
Gartner predicted that worldwide spending on devices including PCs, 'ultra mobiles', tablets and mobile phones will decline for the first time in 2016, although overall shipments are expected to increase slightly by 1.9 per cent to reach 2.4 billion units.
ABI Research predicted that 156 million tablets will ship in 2020, marking a 3 per cent CAGR for the device category between 2015 and 2020.
Tablet shipments in the Czech Republic slowed during 2015 on a year-on-year basis as the market became increasingly saturated and users also showed a growing preference for large-screen smartphones or "phablets".
Worldwide tablet shipments will reach 211.3 million units in 2015, down 8.1 per cent from 2014, according to a new forecast from IDC.
The worldwide tablet market recorded lower shipments for the fourth straight quarter with 48.7 million units shipped in the third quarter of 2015.
Gartner issued a somewhat gloomier forecast for the mobile devices market in 2015, revising downwards its previous prediction of 1.5 per cent growth this year to a 1 per cent decline from 2014 to 2.4 billion units.
The Middle East and Africa (MEA) tablet market (which includes 2-in-1 devices) posted flat growth of 0.3 per cent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2015.
Amazon released its updated Fire TV streaming device, adding 4K capability, higher processing power, and a gaming option with a game controller and two bundled games. The updated device was among a flurry of announcements by the e-tail giant that also included two new Kindle Fire tablets and a lower-priced Kids Edition durable tablet, all of which were developed with content streaming in mind.
IDC tipped tablet shipments, including 2-in-1 devices, to decline 8 per cent in 2015, representing a notable increase from the research company's previous forecast of a 3.8 per cent drop.