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Gartner: global device shipments to remain flat until 2018

The market intelligence firm predicts that the global device shipments will reach 2.3 billion in 2017, the same as 2016 estimates.

Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner.
Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner.

Gartner, a global market intelligence firm, has revealed its predictions for worldwide shipments for 2017.

According to the company, the combined shipments of PCs, tablets, ultra mobiles and mobile phones are projected to reach a total of 2.3 billion in 2017, the same estimates as the previous year.                        

While nearly 7 billion devices were in use by the close by 2016, Gartner does not expect any growth in shipments of traditional devices until 2018, at which point a small increase in ultramobiles and mobile phone shipments is expected.

Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner, shared: "The global devices market is stagnating. Mobile phone shipments are only growing in emerging Asia/Pacific markets, and the PC market is just reaching the bottom of its decline."

He added: "As well as declining shipment growth for traditional devices, average selling prices are also beginning to stagnate because of market saturation and a slower rate of innovation.

"Consumers have fewer reasons to upgrade or buy traditional devices.  They are seeking fresher experiences and applications in emerging categories such as head mounted displays (HMDs), virtual personal assistant (VPA) speakers and wearables."

The research director went on to add that device vendors are increasingly trying to drive themselves into faster-growing emerging device categories.

"This requires a shift from a hardware-focused approach to a richer value-added service approach," commented Atwal.

"As service-led approaches become even more crucial, hardware providers will have to partner with service providers, as they lack the expertise to deliver the service offerings themselves."