India to show strong growth in device shipments: Gartner

New Delhi, Sep 23 (IANS) India and other emerging <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>markets are on pace to show the strongest <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>growth (even though worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, and mobile phones) are expected to be 2.4 billion units in 2015, down 1 <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>percent from 2014 and the previous quarter’s <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>forecast of 1.5 <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>percent growth, said market research firm Gartner.

“Emerging Asia/Pacific, including India and Indonesia, is on pace to show the strongest <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>growth (43 percent) in 2015, while Greater China will grow 3 percent,” the company said in a release.

Gartner’s latest device <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>forecast also showed that shipments in all categories will contract in 2015, except for mobile phone shipments, which are likely to increase 1.4 <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>percent in 2015. Smartphone shipments are estimated to increase 14 <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>percent in 2015, the company had earlier said.

“Replacement activity across all types of devices has decreased. Users are extending the lifetime of their devices, or deciding not to replace their devices at all,” said Gartner research director Ranjit Atwal.

“By 2017, we estimate mobile phone shipments will reach the 2 billion mark, and <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>smartphones will represent 89 <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>percent of the market,” said research director Annette Zimmermann.

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