Gartner issued a somewhat gloomier forecast for the mobile devices market in 2015, revising downwards its previous prediction of 1.5 per cent growth this year to a 1 per cent decline from 2014 to 2.4 billion units.
The Middle East and Africa (MEA) tablet market (which includes 2-in-1 devices) posted flat growth of 0.3 per cent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2015.
Amazon released its updated Fire TV streaming device, adding 4K capability, higher processing power, and a gaming option with a game controller and two bundled games. The updated device was among a flurry of announcements by the e-tail giant that also included two new Kindle Fire tablets and a lower-priced Kids Edition durable tablet, all of which were developed with content streaming in mind.
IDC tipped tablet shipments, including 2-in-1 devices, to decline 8 per cent in 2015, representing a notable increase from the research company's previous forecast of a 3.8 per cent drop.
The worldwide tablet market declined by 7 per cent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2015 with shipments totalling 44.7 million units.
A large and increasing share of tablets deployed across UK, French, and German companies are the only devices that employees are equipped with to perform their business activities.
Tablet shipments to the MEA region fell by 5.8 per cent year-on-year to 3.83 million units in the first quarter of 2015.
The tablet PC has established itself as a must-have device in just five years with more than half of UK homes now owning one.
Worldwide shipments of tablets and 2-in-1 devices are forecast to reach 221.8 million units in 2015, a decline of 3.8 per cent from 2014.
Shipments of tablets and 2-in-1 devices fell more than 20 per cent year-on-year in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) in the first quarter of 2015, due in part to the negative economic situations in Russia and Ukraine and the strength of the U.S. dollar relative to the depreciation of their local currencies.