The worldwide tablet grew 11 per cent year over year in the second quarter of 2014 with shipments reaching 49.3 million units, according to preliminary data from IDC.
CCS Insight said a slowdown in the tablet market in 2014 has been more dramatic than expected, with latest forecasts saying that growth is now expected to drop to just 14 per cent worldwide compared to increases of 71 per cent in 2013 and 79 per cent in 2012.
According to latest market forecasts, branded OEM shipments will exceed 200 million in 2014.
The extensive presence of LTE networks is stimulating the deployment of VoLTE, with 59.6 million VoLTE subscriptions expected to be in place by the end of 2014.
Total global shipments of branded tablets reached 41.3 million in the first quarter of 2014, as Samsung continued to close the gap with Apple.
Growth in tablet shipments slowed to 21 per cent in Q1 2014, yet at 50.8 million units they continue to out-ship notebooks.
Worldwide tablet and 2-in-1 shipments slipped to 50.4 million units in the first calendar quarter of 2014. The total represents a sequential decline of 35.7 per cent from the high-volume holiday quarter and just 3.9 per cent growth over the same period a year ago.
Branded tablet shipments are forecast to reach 200 million this year, which represents a 20 per cent increase year-on-year from the 166 million shipments in 2013.
Shipments of PC tablets into the Middle East and Africa (MEA) increased by 111 per cent year on year in the final quarter of 2013, according to latest figures from IDC.
The worldwide tablet market is forecast to grow by 19.4 per cent in 2014, down from a growth rate of 51.6 per cent in 2013, according to latest forecasts from IDC. The research company reduced the 2014 forecast by 3.6 per cent from its previous projection.