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Huawei became the number 2 smartphone seller last quarter

Samsung continues to be the world’s top smartphone maker, at least in terms of shipments. But according to new reports out this week from IDC and Strategy Analytics, Apple has dropped from second to third place. It was displaced by Chinese phone maker Huawei, which shipped 54 million phones during the second quarter of 2018. […]

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IDC: Desktop PC shipments fell to less than 100 million in 2017

Notebook computers have been outselling desktop PCs for years, but it’s probably a bit early to put desktops on deathwatch. They’re still popular among business users, gamers, and others… and according to new numbers from IDC, it looks like notebooks only outsold desktops by 1.6x in 2017. But desktop PC shipments did fall below 100 million […]

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IDC: PC shipments down for 6th year, but the market is stabilizing

Over the past decade smartphone shipments have skyrocketed, while shipments of traditional PCs have declined. In fact, research firm IDC reports that 2017 marked the 6th straight year where PC shipments declined. But there’s some good news for PC makers (and folks who want to make sure companies continue cranking out PCs): that decline wasn’t […]

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IDC: Xiaomi and Apple overtake Fitbit in wearable shipments

IDC has been tracking shipments of wearable gadgets including fitness trackers and smartwatches for the past few years. And for much of that time, Fitbit has been at the top of the list, shipping more devices than any other company in this space. But that trend has been changing in recent years, with Chinese device […]

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IDC: PC shipments up for the first time in years, Gartner: nope

PC shipments have been declining in recent years. While smartphone shipments continue to rise, consumers and businesses are upgrading their desktop and notebook computers less frequently. But according to research firm IDC, the PC market saw growth in the first quarter of 2017… for the first time in 5 years. The analysts at rival firm […]

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Are “hearables” and smart clothing the next big things in wearable tech?

Smartwatches and fitness trackers may currently dominate the wearable tech space. But there’s a reason we call them “wearables” and not wrist-worn gadgets: the space also includes heads-up displays like Google Glass and smart headphone gadgets like the Moto Hint and Sony Xperia Ear. And researchers at IDC think so-called “hearables” represent a growth opportunity […]

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IDC: Cheap 2-in-1 devices doing well in a declining tablet market

The tablet market is starting to look a lot like the traditional PC market: device makers are seeing declining shipments and some of the best-selling devices are the ones that are dirt cheap, which leaves little room for profits. That’s the takeaway from a new report from research firm IDC, which says about 43 million […]