"Apple's iOS-ification of Mac OS, and Microsoft's implementation of Modern UI throughout different form factors are clear indicators that we're living in a mobile-first world," said Jitesh Ubrani, Research Analyst, Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. "The PC will be the new accessory to mobile as smartphones become the first and primary computing device for many." IDC expects smartphone shipments to outpace total PC shipments by more than 6 to 1 in 2018.
The smartphone installed base is quickly approaching two billion units, and vendors are scrambling to find the next two billion users in new markets. As such, IDC is forecasting strong double-digit growth in the low-cost Android smartphone segment that is driving much of the growth in emerging countries such as
"Low-cost Android smartphones will drive much of the SCD shipment growth in coming years," said
Smart Connected Devices, Worldwide Share of New Shipments by
Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly SCD Tracker,
Note: Smart Connected Devices include Desktop PC, Portable PC, Tablet, 2-in-1, and Smartphone.
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