Wearable gadget shipments nearly doubled in a year (thanks to smart earbuds)

Wearable electronic devices had a record quarter according to new figures from research firm IDC. The company has put out a report estimating that 84.5 million “wearable devices” were shipped  in the third quarter of 2019, which is nearly twice as many as shipped during the same period a year earlier. Why the big boom? […]

Lilbits 358: Ryzen-powered “Zork” Chromebook on the way (if it’s not eaten by a grue)

Acer and HP unveiled the first Chromebooks powered by AMD processors this year and they’re… cheap laptops with cheap, low-power processors. If you’d been holding out for a Chromebook with a more powerful AMD Ryzen processor, it looks like you might not have to wait forever. Kevin Tofel from About Chromebooks spotted references in Chromium […]

Smartphone shipments declines in 2018, for better or worse

Phone makers shipped about 4 percent fewer smartphones in 2018 than the year before according to reports out this week from IDC and Counterpoint Research. IDC says that makes 2018 the “worst year ever for smartphone shipments,” as measured by growth (or shrinkage, in this case). But it’s also worth looking at the possible explanations […]

CPU shortages and trade wars contributing to declining PC shipments (according to IDC and Gartner)

In what’s become a familiar set of headlines in recent years, market research firms IDC and Gartner have put out a pair of press releases showing that PC shipments in the fourth quarter of 2018 were down from the same period a year earlier… and that overall PC shipments in 2018 were lower than in […]

Smartphone shipments are falling, but Chinese brands are picking up steam

Smartphone makers shipped fewer phones in the third quarter of 2018 than they did during the same period a year earlier. If that statement sounds familiar, it’s because you could say the same thing about the last four quarters, according to reports out this week from IDC and Strategy Analytics. While the two reports differ […]

Gartner: Microsoft is now one of the top 5 PC makers (in the US)

When Microsoft started making its own PCs in 2012, it seemed to go against the software maker’s long history of not competing directly with the companies that license its Windows operating system. For the most part the company’s Surface line of tablets, laptops, and other computers have been niche products, so it hasn’t looked like […]

IDC: Tablet shipments are down, Apple continues to trounce the competition

Tablet shipments in the second quarter of 2018 were down about 13.5 percent from the same period a year earlier according to a new report from research firm IDC. But that doesn’t necessarily spell doom for the tablet market. IDC predicts that we could see growth in the 2-in-1 space as more Windows, Chrome OS, […]

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 […]

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 […]