A little over 76 million tablets and 2-in-1 devices were shipped in the last quarter of 2014 according to research firm IDC. That sounds like a lot of tablets… until you realize that it marks a 3.2 percent decline from the same period a year earlier.
That’s the first time IDC has seen a year-over-year decline in tablet shipments since the category started exploding in 2010.
This also follows a report from Flurry Analytics in December which showed that activations of new tablets was down during the 2014 holiday season.
Update: Canalys also released a report this week showing that tablet shipments are down.
- Another report suggests that tablet sales are declining
It’s possible that shoppers are buying phones with bigger screens, going back to laptops, or are just happy with the tablets they already have. It’ll probably take a while to determine if this decline is a sign of things to come or not. [IDC]
- Report: Radio Shack could close up shop, sell half its stores to Sprint
Remember before the internet, when if you wanted to pick up a cable, adapter, or just about any other sort of electronic gadget you had to walk into a store to do it? No? Well that could explain why Radio Shack might be going out of business. [Bloomberg]
- Pebble: More than a million smartwatches sold
The startup might not have the name recognition of Apple, Samsung, or Motorola. But the company’s ePaper watches seem to be doing pretty well. Pebble plans to launch new products and new software this year. [The Verge]
- Report: LG’s next phone could have a 2880 x 1620 pixel display
Somehow I doubt that means it’ll have a 13 inch screen. So expect eye-bleedingly sharp picture quality (which may be indistinguishable from 1080p or WQHD screens). [My LG Phones]
- MediaTek MT6753 is a 64-bit, 8-core CPU
MediaTek’s latest processor is an 8-core, AMR Cortex-A53 processor with support for 1080p displays, cameras up to 16MP, dual-band WiFI, Bluetooth 4.0, and LTE. [GizmoChina]
- Maker of the txtr Beagle eBook reader has declared bankruptcy
The txtr Beagle was developed as a low-cost eReader designed to be used with your smartphone. I guess the idea never really took off. [Notebook Italia]