More smartphones than PCs to be sold by 2011

Smartphone sales will surpass worldwide PC sales by the end of 2011, RBC says. Global mobile phone sales totalled 286.1 mln units in Q2 2009, a 6.1% decrease from Q2 2008, according to Gartner. However, smartphone sales surpassed 40 mln units, a 27% increase from Q2 2007, representing the fastest-growing segment of the mobile-devices market.

France PC Shipments in Q4 2008

Company 4Q08
Shipments
4Q8
Market
Share (%)
4Q07
Shipments
4Q07
Market
Share (%)
4Q08-4Q07
Growth (%)
Acer 803 24.7 732 25.5 9.7
Hewlett-Packard 787 24.2 657 22.9 19.7
Dell Inc. 330 10.2 326 11.4 1.2
ASUS 264 8.1 97 3.4 172.4
Toshiba 183 5.6 159 5.5 15.1
Others 884 27.2 897 31.3 -1.5
Total 3250 100.0 2868 100.0 13.3
Source: Gartner

49 mln desktops to virtually hosted by 2013

The worldwide hosted virtual desktop (HVD) market will accelerate through 2013 to reach 49 mln units, up from more than 500,000 units in 2009, according to Gartner. Worldwide HVD revenue will grow from about $1.3 bln to $1.5 bln in 2009, which is less than 1% of the worldwide professional PC market, to $65.7 bln in 2013, which will be equal to more than 40% of the worldwide professional PC market. Gartner estimates that approximately 15% of current worldwide traditional professional desktop PCs will migrate to HVDs by 2014, equal to about 66 mln connected devices. US will reach double that of the worldwide average with over 18 mln connected devices. After an initial slow start, the HVD market will rally in 2010 and 2011.

UK PC Shipments in Q4 2008

Company 4Q08
Shipments
4Q8
Market
Share (%)
4Q07
Shipments
4Q07
Market Share
(%)
4Q08-4Q07
Growth (%)
Hewlett-Packard 766 20.5 736 22.1 4.1
Dell Inc. 667 17.9 607 18.2 9.9
Acer 642 17.2 664 19.9 -3.3
Toshiba 385 10.3 300 9.0 28.4
ASUS 227 6.1 35 1.0 552.4
Others 1,048 28.1 988 29.7 -5.7
Total 3,735 100 3,329 100 12.2
Source: Gartner

Germany PC Shipments for Q4 2008

Company 4Q08
Shipments
4Q08
Market
Share (%)
4Q07
Shipments
4Q07
Market
Share (%)
4Q08-4Q07
Growth (%)
Hewlett-Packard 531 13.6 429 12.5 23.8
Acer 500 12.8 396 11.5 26.2
FSC 449 11.5 541 15.8 -16.9
Medion 320 8.2 281 8.2 13.8
Dell 319 8.2 280 8.2 14.1
Others 1,779 45.7 1,506 43.8 18.1
Total 3,898 100.0 3,433 100.0 13.5
Source: Gartner

US PC Shipments in Q4 2008

Company 4Q08 Shipments 4Q08 Market Share (%) 4Q07 Shipments 4Q07 Market Share (%) 4Q08-4Q07 Growth (%)
Dell Inc. 4,465.8 28.6 5,344.6 30.8 -16.4
Hewlett-Packard 4,288.3 27.5 4,439.5 25.6 -3.4
Acer 2,373.9 15.2 1,527.3 8.8 55.4
Apple 1,255.0 8.0 1,159.3 6.7 8.3
Toshiba 1,007.7 6.5 900.0 5.2 12.0
Others 2,219.2 14.2 3,992.6 23.0 -44.4
Total 15,609.8 100.0 17,363.3 100.0 -10.1
Source: Gartner

Worldwide PC Shipments in 2008

Company 2008 Shipments 2008 Market Share (%) 2007 Shipments 2007 Market Share (%) 2008-2007 Growth (%)
Hewlett-Packard 55,686.8 18.4 49,428.3 18.1 12.7
Dell Inc. 43,144.4 14.3 38,703.0 14.2 11.5
Acer 33,497.4 11.1 26,484.5 9.7 26.5
Lenovo 21,869.1 7.2 20,114.6 7.4 8.7
Toshiba 13,499.6 4.5 10,955.2 4.0 23.2
Others 134,510.2 44.5 126,766.9 46.5 6.1
Total 302,207.5 100.0 272,452.5 100.0 10.9
Source: Gartner

Western Europe PC Shipments in Q4 2008

Company 4Q08
Shipments
4Q8
Market
Share (%)
4Q07
Shipments
4Q07
Market
Share (%)
4Q08-4Q07
Growth (%)
Hewlett-Packard 4,658 23.2 4,058 22.6 14.8
Acer 4,067 20.3 3,618 20.2 12.4
Dell Inc. 2,032 10.1 1,980 11.1 2.6
ASUS 1,490 7.4 513 2.9 190.4
Toshiba 1,277 6.4 995 5.6 28.3
Others 6,558 32.7 6,755 37.7 3.0
Total 20,083 100 17,920 100 12.1
Source: Gartner

EMEA PC Shipments for Q4 2008

Company 4Q08 Shipments 4Q08 Market Share (%) 4Q07 Shipments 4Q07 Market Share (%) 4Q08-4Q07 Growth (%)
Hewlett-Packard 6,459 21.2 5,742 19.8 12.5
Acer 4,998 16.4 4,682 16.1 6.8
Dell Inc. 2,762 9.1 2,748 9.5 0.5
ASUS 1,937 6.4 1,154 4.0 67.9
Toshiba 1,735 5.7 1,339 4.6 29.6
Others 12,539 41.2 13,349 46.0 -6.1
Total 30,430 100.0 29,014 100.0 4.9
Source: Gartner

PC sales to decline 11.9% in 2009

The PC industry will experience its sharpest unit decline in history, with PC shipments totaling 257 mln units in 2009, an 11.9% decline from 2008, according to Gartner. Previously, PC units experienced their worst decline in 2001 when unit shipments contracted 3.2%. Up to this point, emerging markets collectively recorded their lowest growth in 2002, 11.1%. Mature markets recorded their lowest growth in 2001, negative 7.9%. Both emerging and mature markets will handily surpass these previous lows in 2009, with emerging markets expected to post a decline of 10.4% and mature markets a decline of 13%.

Worldwide mobile PC shipments are expected to reach 155.6 mln units, a 9% increase from 2008. Desk-based PC shipments are forecast to total 101.4 mln units, a 31.9% decline from 2008. Mobile PC growth will be substantially boosted by continued growth in mini-notebook shipments; excluding mini-notebooks, other mobile PC shipments will grow just 2.7% in 2009. Worldwide mini-notebook shipments are forecast to total 21 mln units in 2009, up from 2008 shipments of 11.7 mln units. Mini-notebooks will cushion the overall PC market slowdown, but they remain too few to prevent the market’s steep decline. Mini-notebooks are forecast to represent just 8% of PC shipments in 2009.

Only 11% would use netbook as primary PC

Only 11% would use a netbook as their primary computer, while a massive 79% view netbooks as a secondary device to be used in addition to a laptop or desktop computer, ABI Research says. The firm forecasts worldwide shipments of nearly 35 million in 2009, rising to an estimated 139 million in 2013.

9.9 mln netbooks shipped in 2008

In 2008, computer makers shipped 9.9 mln netbooks, making it one of the hottest consumer electronic products of 2008. According to IDC, 6.7 mln units went to nations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa; 1.4 mln to Asia and the Pacific; and 950,000 to the USA.

Top PC game titles in the US in 2008

Rank Game Title Publisher AU% Avg Minutes Played
Per Week
1 World of Warcraft Blizzard Entertainment 0.723 671
2 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Activision 0.163 403
3 Halo: Combat Evolved Microsoft Game Studios 0.092 295
4 Sims, The Electronic Arts Inc. 0.09 213
5 Sims 2, The Electronic Arts Inc. 0.086 291
6 RuneScape Jagex Ltd. 0.084 451
7 Diablo II Blizzard Entertainment 0.065 313
8 Team Fortress 2 Valve 0.063 371
9 Counter-Strike Sierra Studios 0.062 282
10 Counter-Strike: Source Valve 0.061 426
Source: Nielsen

76% of Internet users watched video on their PCs

Consumers desire, and are comfortable with, wired and wireless access to content, IBM found. 76% of consumers surveyed have already watched video on their PC, up 27% from 2007. 32% indicated they have viewed video on a portable device or mobile phone, up 45% from 2007. Interest in mobile video content has more than doubled since 2007 to 55%. For both PC and mobile video, over 70% of respondents prefer advertising-supported models as opposed to consumer-paid models, representing a huge growth opportunity for the industry. Preference for ad-supported models ranged from 62% to over 80% by country, with Japan having the highest preference for ad-supported on both devices.

Singapore PC market grew 26%

Singapore PC market still posted a 26% YOY growth, slightly beating forecasts, as vendors slashed prices severely in order to meet targets. Hong Kong PC market continues to move along and beat the forecast by 5%, thanks to the demand for mini-notebooks as well as the fulfillment of the University Notebook Ownership Programs that pushed the market to a 30% sequential growth, according to IDC.

Americans who own desktops/laptops/PDAs by their job function

Work environment   Desktop Laptop Blackberry or
other PDA
Work longer
hours
Over 50 hours a week 79% 67% 32%
  41-50 hours 79 57 20
  40 hours 75 45 15
  Less than 40 hours 76 40 17
Work from home Frequently 78 61 27
  Sometimes 83 64 29
  Never 74 40 13
Supervise others Yes 82 57 25
  No 73 45 15
Work with teams 5 or more teams 79 68 30
  2-4 teams 82 59 25
  None 71 35 17
Source: Pew Internet Project

People who still own PDAs in 2008

30% of people in these professions own PDAs, more than twice as many as the national average of 13%. 66% of professionals, managers and executives own laptops, significantly more than employed Americans in any other field of work. The semi-skilled workers can be found on the other side of the gadget ownership spectrum. They are significantly less likely than professionals, clerical workers and managers to own any of the gadgets (13% do not own any type of computer or gadget, including cell phones). Additionally, only 7% of semi-skilled workers own PDAs, compared with 19% of employed Americans who own PDAs. Only 76% of Americans working in semi-skilled trades own cell phones, while 89% of all employed Americans own cell phones, according to Pew Internet Project.

Profession Cell phone Desktop Laptop Blackberry
or other
PDA
Professional (lawyer, doctor, teacher, accountant) 94% 89% 68% 30%
Clerical, office, sales 90 87 46 21
Manager, executive, business owner 93 78 62 30
Service work (waiter, hairstylist, policeman, janitor,
nurses’ aide)
88 69 36 10
Skilled trades (electrician, plumber, carpenter) 86 72 47 10
Semi-skilled (assembly line worker, truck driver,
bus driver)
76 56 29 7
Other 88 71 50 22
Source: Pew Internet Project

Vietnam PC market grew 5% YTY in Q2 2008

The Vietnam client PC market grew 5.0% YOY to 337,000 units in Q2 2008. However, total shipments in Q2 2008 fell 5.6% from Q1 2008 due to the sluggish economy, the unstable exchange rate, and the decision of government and enterprises to cut back on investments in IT products. In 2Q08, the consumer segment grew 15.6% YOY, in part due to the growth of consumer notebooks at 116.1% YOY. Notebooks occupied 25.8% of total PCs shipped to consumers but only 24.0% of PCs were shipped to commercial buyers. Total notebooks grew 57.0% YOY but desktops fell 5.3% YOY, according to IDC.

Asian PC market grew 12% YTY in Q3 2008

Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) client PC market still grew 9% sequentially and 12% YOY in Q3 2008 to reach a record 20.2 mln units. ASUS in particular capitalized on the momentum with 67% sequential growth, displacing mainland Chinese vendor Founder to take fifth place in total client PCs for the region in Q3 2008. The overall PC market, however, still came in 2% short of IDC’s forecasts for the region, according to IDC.