85M More Tablet PCs Will Ship In 2013 Than Notebooks

“Overall global tablet PC shipments are expected to reach more than 255 million units in 2013, capturing nearly 60 percent of the mobile PC market. The once-dominant standard notebook PC segment is forecast to fall to 160 million units, making up just 36 percent of the mobile PC market.”

This is another indicator that 2013 marks the end of M$’s monopoly on PC operating systems. Clearly, this would have happened long ago had GNU/Linux been promoted by OEMs but I suspect OEMs were afraid they would lose out. With legacy PC shipments dropping, OEMs fear losing out if they don’t switch. It’s better late than never. Further, these data show that web stats are just plain wrong. With shipment numbers like that, web stats for Android/Linux should be much higher. At least 10% of PCs are now tablets yet StatCounter shows less than 2% for Android/Linux, the top tablet/smartphone OS. Show us the stats. Wikipedia shows us 8.5% for Android/Linux and 2.4% for GNU/Linux. M$ will offer some later today. Let’s party… 🙂

see Tablet PC Shipment Forecast Lowered Through 2017, but Double-Digit Growth Still Expected, According to NPD DisplaySearch.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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4 Responses to 85M More Tablet PCs Will Ship In 2013 Than Notebooks

  1. oiaohm says:

    bw Google collects there own stats. And shares with no one the overall results. http://www.google.com/analytics/

    Google Analytics is on more site than what statuscounter is.

    Statuscounter has a bug.
    bw so you are visiting a site that you have to reload more often you are counted more times with statcounter.

    The key thing statcounter cannot really give you browser population figures due to how different browsers are.

    Only thing statcounter can do is detect some change in activity.

    statcounter is not ip filtered or anything else to attempt to get unique users.

    That would explain the difference between wikipedia and statcounter. wikipedia is more a end user count.

    This is why I keep on telling people don’t trust web stats there are problems.

  2. bw wrote, “why bother with it at all?”

    I don’t value their magnitudes, just their rates of change, assuming they are not changing their universe or methods from one day to the next. StatCounter gives per country data whereas that other one does not, at least for $0.

  3. bw says:

    web stats are just plain wrong

    The stats are factual, I think. It is your interpretation that is wrong. For starters, StatCounter collects statistics from what appear to be casual sites, based on their own web site:


    These are likely to be mostly in the vanity fair mold and the user universe is not as likely to be as sophisticated or serious as the average mix.
    I doubt that any major sites, i.e. Google, Yahoo, CNN, etc., report anything via this channel. You yourself frequently diss the results, as you do here, so why bother with it at all?

  4. dougman says:

    HP is certainly seeing the light and pushing ahead without M$. ChromeOS and Android for the future.

    “We had noticed in May, when HP’s earnings included a whopping 20% dip in revenues for the PC business, Whitman began distancing HP from Microsoft Windows.

    At that time, she had played up HP’s non-Windows devices during a conference call with analysts, its Android tablet and Chromebooks. She said the new strategy was “multiple operating systems, multiple architectures and multiple form factors. We are moving quickly to produce the devices that customers want.

    Her words came in a speech given before financial analysts in San Jose. Microsoft has made a number of recent decisions contrary to HP’s own interests, including bailing out competitor Dell in an attempt to push Windows 8 to the business sector. Also central to her reclassification is Microsoft’s commitment to Surface, despite previous claims from HP that Surface wasn’t a threat to its own Windows 8 tablet. This echoes earlier complaints from other OEM partners such as Acer, whose CEO warned Microsoft to “think twice” before releasing the Surface tablet.

    Then HP reported earnings in August, and another 11% dive in the PC business. Plus, it had to admit that total revenues were not going to start growing in its fiscal 2014 as promised, a blow to Whitman’s credibility.

    On Wednesday, she blamed some of HP’s growth problems on Microsoft and Intel:

    “HP’s traditional highly profitable markets face significant disruption. Wintel devices are being challenged by ARM-based devices. … We are seeing profound changes in the competitive landscape. … Current partners like Intel and Microsoft are turning from partners to outright competitors.”

    It’s not just words. Whitman has been backing this up with action, getting cozier with Microsoft’s biggest rival Google.

    Microsoft angered its PC partners like HP by creating its Surface family of PCs that compete with them.”


    See, M$ thinks it can give the finger to its OEMs but failed to realize how it all started. One of my statements regarding Windows 8 was “pissed off OEMs” and so it has become. M$ also seems to firmly think that it can be ‘hip’ like Apple or possibly even Google, but that thought in itself is delusional.

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