“global smartphone sales will for the first time exhibit single-digit growth in 2016. Global smartphone sales are estimated to reach 1.5 billion units in 2016, a 7 per cent growth from 2015. The total mobile phone market is forecast to reach 1.9 billion units in 2016.
Worldwide combined shipments for devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are expected to reach 2.4 billion units in 2016, a 0.6 per cent increase from 2015 (see Table 1). End-user spending in constant US dollars is estimated to decline by 1.6 per cent year on year.”
See Gartner Says Global Smartphone Sales to Only Grow 7 Per Cent in 2016In airplanes, nose-dives are often fatal affairs leading to disintegrations in mid-air or smoking craters. In IT, they sometimes lead to failures of companies that do not adjust to changing markets. Wintel is certainly taking a hammering and is being forged into a new shape, having to work for a living.
Intel is selling well in up-scale machinery like premium PCs, servers and some gadgets, many running GNU/Linux. M$ is trying to enlist users on subscriptions and cloudy services. It’s all good. Their hold on the world of IT is no longer a stranglehold. ARM’s clientele are selling a multiple of small cheap CPUs and gadgets even taking some of the legacy PC space at the low end and moving into servers where smaller cheaper CPUs matter. Yes, it’s all good.
I expect to complete my personal escape from Wintel in 2016 with a more or less complete replacement of clients and servers. I’ve not been running That Other OS for years. I may actually add clients if I end up controlling a greenhouse and some alternative power-sources. I can afford to do that if they’re not devices on the Wintel treadmill. Same for the world. Moore’s Law is now working for the world, not just a few bloated corporations.