IDC expects smart wearables, which are those capable of running third-party apps, to really start ramping up in 2016. In 2015, IDC thinks that 33.1 million smart wearables will ship worldwide, up from 4.2 million in 2014. IDC expects smart wearables shipments will increase to 89.4 million in 2019.
Despite falling overall U.S. tablet sales, the nation's Tier 1 wireless carriers continued to add cellular-connected tablets to their networks at an impressive clip in the first quarter. Analysts note that carriers have been heavily promoting and discounting tablets, which generate additional revenue streams for carriers while carrying lower subsidy costs.
North America and Western Europe are going to peak in terms of smartphone sales growth in the next couple of years, according to a new report from research firm CCS Insight.
By 2019, 80 percent of smartphones will be shipped to emerging markets and 35 per cent will be priced below $100.
The global tablet market continues to show signs of slowing down, with IDC scaling back its five-year forecast and predicting that global shipments would increase by just 2.1 per cent to 234.5 million in 2015.
The combined consumer and enterprise worldwide wireless local area network (WLAN) market segments increased 7 per cent year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Google's Android and Apple's iOS continued to thoroughly dominate the global smartphone market in the fourth quarter, according to research firm IDC, with Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus driving Apple to gain share at Android's expense. Meanwhile, Microsoft's Windows Phone platform continues to be an also-ran in the market, though the company as vowed to introduce a range of new phones this year running its new Windows 10 software.
Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating systems inched closer to total dominance of the worldwide smartphone market in 2014, as alternative smartphone operating systems failed to take significant market share from the duo.
IDC sees significant potential for growth in M2M in Africa, particularly in respect to the deployment of M2M energy, utility and security services.
Spending on ICT products and services in the Middle East and Africa will cross the $270 billion (€220 billion) mark in 2015 and the IT market is expected to grow 9 per cent year on year in 2015.