I’m sure we’re all “tired” to hear about the tablet/PC debate and which format will outsell one another next year. That being said, a new Canalys report caught my eye as it projects that in 2014 tablets will account for 50 percent of the PC market. I consider projections that indicate tablets will become half of the desktop, notebook, and tablet devices that make up the entire PC market to be notable because of the sheer size.
Overall, Canalys predicts that in 2014 tablets will sell more than 285,000,000 units against 192,000,000 notebooks and 98,000,000 for desktops. It’s amazing to think that as many still resist the tablet surge, predictions continue to show that tablets are moving more and more toward the future of portable computing.
Of course this article would be remiss if it didn’t mention Android, and that’s why Canalys’ prediction that Android-based tablets will account for 185,000,000 of total tablet shipments. That number would provide Android-derived systems a 65 percent market-share, up from 53 percent in the second quarter of 2013. That number already surpasses Apple’s iPad with its 43 percent slice of the tablet market.
Among Android brands, Samsung will continue to lead the pack according to Canalys predictions and already shows up strong at 27 percent of the third quarter 2013 Android tablet shipments. Samsung’s dominance on the tablet market may not be solidified, however, as Amazon, ASUS, HP, and Lenovo continue to make a play at the under-$150 price point.
Needless to say, tablets continue to show themselves more and more as the future of personal computing. Resistance may not be futile today, and there are plenty of creative and productive reasons desktops and notebooks won’t disappear anytime soon, but we can hardly deny that tablets continue to look more like the wave of the future.