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.
While shipments of Android tablets in MEA increased 47 per cent year on year in the third quarter of 2014, iOS and Windows OS both suffered declines over the same period.
PC, tablet and smartphone shipments totalled 60.1 million units in the third quarter of 2014.
Worldwide smartphone shipments will reach a total of nearly 1.3 billion units in 2014, representing an increase of 26.3 per cent over 2013.
Research firm IDC expects total smartphone shipments of nearly 1.3 billion units in 2014, which would indicate a 26.3 percent increase over 2013. However, IDC thinks growth will slow in 2015 down to 1.4 billion units, or a 12.2 percent year-over-year growth rate.
The worldwide tablet market is expected to see a massive deceleration in 2014 with year-over-year growth slowing to 7.2 per cent, down from 52.5 per cent in 2013.
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