Gartner: Mobile devices to reach 2.5 billion shipments this year
Chattered analyst Gartner has placed the global number of mobile devices that will be shipped in 2015 to 2.5 billion. This number includes mobile phones (feature and smartphones alike) and tablet computers.
The analyst believes that tablets will gain an 8 % growth to reach 233 million units in 2015, even though the commodity is not expected to recover from its decline in 2014.
“The collapse of the tablet market in 2014 was alarming. In the last two years, global sales of tablets were growing in double-digits,” Director Ranjit Atwal narrated.
Speaking on smartphones,
“The smartphone market is becoming polarised between the high- and low-end market price points. On one hand, the premium phone with an average selling price at $447 in 2014 saw growth dominated by iOS, and on the other end of the spectrum you have Android and other open OS phones’ growth area in the basic phone segment, where the average phone costs $100,” Atwal said.
In 2014, 2.37 billion mobile devices were shipped, with 1.83 billion of it being mobile phones. The total number is expected to grow to 2.5 billion with 1.9 billion mobile phones shipped. In 2016, Gartner expects 2.57 billion mobile devices to be shipped worldwide.