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PC shipments dropped last quarter, but there were winners and losers

Researchers at Gartner and IDC have released separate reports that reach the same basic conclusion: PC sales in the first quarter of 2015 were lower than during the same period a year earlier. But the reports aren’t all bad news for computer makers: A few companies also shipped more computers this year, and the launch […]

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Reports: Xiaomi is third biggest phone maker, even before entering US or Europe

China’s Xiaomi only sells its smartphones and other devices in a handful of markets… but they’re big markets with large populations including China and India. So even though you can’t easily buy a Xiaomi phone in the US or Europe, we probably shouldn’t be surprised that the company is selling a lot of phones. In fact, with […]

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Apple, Allwinner dominate the tablet chip market

Samsung and Qualcomm may be big names in the smartphone processor space. But you know who sells more tablet chips than anyone else? Apple… but in second place is Allwinner, the Chinese manufacturer of low-cost ARM-based processors. Research firm IDC says Allwinner shipped over 18 million tablet chips in the 4th quarter of 2013, according […]

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IDC: 1 billion smartphones shipped in 2013, most running Android

Remember when BlackBerry and Palm dominated the fledgling smartphone market? Things have changed a lot in the past decade. Research firm IDC reports that a billion smartphones were shipped in 2013, and 80 percent of them were running Google’s Android operating system. Apple’s iPhones come in second at just over 15 percent, and everyone else […]

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Report: The tablet market isn’t growing like it used to

More than 217 million tablets were shipped around the world in 2013, which is a more than 50 percent jump from 2012, when an estimated 144 million tablets were shipped. But while you might think that means the market for tablets is still growing like crazy, research firm IDC says tablet growth is actually slowing. According […]

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Reports: PC sales decline by 10% but Chromebooks climb 112%

There’s good news and bad news for PC makers in the latest reports from research firms IDC, Gartner, and NPD. The bad news is that most reports suggest PC sales in 2013 were down about 10 percent from the previous year, with 4th quarter/holiday shipments down about 6 percent from 2013. The good news is that’s […]