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Port Washington, N.Y. — Tablets with embedded cellular modems accounted for a shrinking share of retail-level U.S. tablet sales in 2013, yet the installed base of tablets with an embedded modem and active cellular subscription grew by 46 percent, The NPD Group found.
The installed-base growth is due to the launch of carrier’s data-share plans, which reduce the relative cost of powering cellular-capable tablets, NPD told TWICE. In the past, many consumers purchased cellular-equipped tablets but didn’t activate them, it said.
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San Mateo, Calif. – Tablet sales to U.S. consumers will face growth restraints in 2014, said market-research and consulting company IDC.
"It's becoming increasingly clear that markets such as the U.S. are reaching high levels of consumer saturation, and while emerging markets continue to show strong growth, this has not been enough to sustain the dramatic worldwide growth rates of years past," said IDC research director Tom Mainelli.
Arlington, Va. – The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) reports that 44 percent of online U.S. consumers owned tablets as of December 2013, an increase of six percentage points from the previous year.
According to research released today by CEA, the Consumer Outlook on Tablets: Adoption, Sentiment and Social Media Conversation (January 2014) semi-annual report examines trend information on consumer behavior and sentiment regarding tablet computers.
New York – Tablets and smartphones are experiencing solid sales so far this holiday shopping season, according to Canaccord Genuity.
The firm said for November and the first part of December sales of iPad Air, mini were very strong, and it described sales as solid for the Samsung Galaxy, Amazon Kindle and Google Nexus.
Canaccord said these healthy sales will help Apple make tablet and smartphone market share gains for the fourth quarter.
Bentonville, Ark. – Walmart will stock twice as many tablets for Black Friday as it did last year, and will have 65 percent more TV SKUs on hand for the sales event.
The discounter said it is amassing its largest-ever Black Friday inventory, which will be released in three waves: at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, and at 8 a.m. on Black Friday.
Los Angeles – Value-priced tablet suppler Ematic has expanded its selection of Google-certified tablets to four with the launch of the $129 10-inch Genesis Prime XL.
It joins the 7-inch EM63, 8-inch EGP008, and 7-inch Genses Prime, which was the company’s first Google-certified tablet when it was launched in April. All four tablets feature Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS.
Arlington, Va. — Half of all 3G/4G-enabled tablet owners do not pay for a data plan, according to a study by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
Tara Hutton, CEA market research director, said there is a disconnect between the tablet owners and those who feel the need to pay for a data service.
However, Hutton believes the upcoming holiday selling season will offer retailers an opportunity as tablet sales will remain strong, giving them the chance to up-sell consumers on the benefits of cellular connectivity.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — The tablet and phablet markets got a little more crowded with the launch of Nokia’s first models.
The 10.1-inch Lumia 2520, with Windows 8.1 RT, and the 6-inch Lumia 1520 phablet, which runs Windows Phone 8.1, will be offered by AT&T. Availability of the tablet through other U.S. carriers will be announced at a later date, as will carrier-subsidized pricing on both products, Nokia said. AT&T said it will be the exclusive provider of the phablet.
Stamford, Conn. – Gartner is estimating that 2.32 billion tablets, PCs and mobile phones will ship worldwide this year, a 4.5 percent increase over 2012.
The report, issued today, did not contain any surprises. Tablet shipments are expected to jump 53.4 percent to 184.4 million and mobile phones will grow at a much slower 3.7 percent with 1.8 billion units shipped.