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2013 Represented Worst Decline In PC Market's History

Jan 9 2014, 5:06pm CST | by

2013 Represented Worst Decline In PC Market's History
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PC sales continued their downward spiral in 2013. According to tech research group Gartner, the 10% decline throughout 2013 is the worst in history for the worldwide personal computer market.

Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa tells MarketWatch that PC sales sagged to 82.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013, and Q4 represented the seventh-straight quarter of decreasing sales. “Although PC shipments continued to decline in the worldwide market in the fourth quarter, we increasingly believe markets, such as the U.S., have bottomed out as the adjustment to the installed base slows,” Kitagawa stated.

It should come as no surprise that the explosive adoption of smartphones and tablets as a consumer’s first computing device in developing countries is eating into those sales.

It’s no wonder we’re seeing Intel push its new Dual OS initiative at CES 2014. The chip maker confirmed that new processors will be capable of switching between Android and Windows instantaneously. They’ll debut in new devices like the Asus Transformer Book Duet, which is effectively the swiss army knife of hybrid PCs: A Windows laptop and tablet, plus an Android laptop and tablet.

With Android powering an estimated four out of every five smartphones around the globe, could this be the beginning of another big windfall for Google as its mobile operating system (perhaps inexplicably) begins its invasion of the desktop computing space?

I’m of the opinion that Android doesn’t make sense outside the mobile space, but several manufacturers this year are delivering these dual boot PC hybrids, or even standalone Android ones like Acer's new 27-inch All-in-One. Maybe they know something we don’t, or perhaps it’s a bold assumption of what people want. If the logic is that Android is dominating the smartphone space, maybe presenting the same operating system on desktops and laptops will resonate with consumers.

Are you guys ready to embrace these Dual Boot systems, or does Android need to stay in the mobile space? 

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