Tablets haven’t had their day yet

Dell TabletDespite figures that show shipments of tablets and 2-in-1 devices will fall by 3.8 percent compared to 2014, there is still an opportunity for vendors selling the machines.

That’s according to a report from IDC, which said cellular tablets and 2-in-1 devices are showing strong growth in some regions.

Jean Philippe Bouchard, an IDC research director, said: “Cellular connected devices fill multiple needs for vendors and carries around they world. They offer a quick solution to price and margin erosion, and when compared to smartphones they offer a less expensive way for carriers to increase their subscriber base.”

Bouchard said that these type of devices currently only represent a small part of the whole market but will grow this year and beyond, compared to wi-fi only devices.

The rise of smartphones with larger screens – so called “phablets” – are having an impact on the market because people think that they won’t need a tablet because a phone with a bigger screen fits the bill.

IDC released a chart showing tablet and 2-in-1 share by operating system, which shows a decline in the Android operating system and a gain in the Windows operating system.

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