Shipments of PCs, tablets, and mobile phones combined will climb by 7 percent in 2014, predicts Gartner, though PCs will be on the losing end of the deal.
Apple lost the lion's share of the global tablet market in 2013, though the iPad remained the top seller, says Gartner.
Worldwide shipments of desktops and notebooks are expected to drop 11 percent in 2013 as tablet sales surge -- with a big nod toward the popularity of tablets 8 inches and smaller.
Google's mobile OS will dominate all PC, tablet, and mobile phone platforms with a 26 percent jump in shipments from 2013.
A 10.9 percent drop marks the fifth consecutive quarter of shipment declines, the longest duration of a drop in the PC market's history.
Though the numbers mostly lined up with a report from market research firm IDC, Gartner paints a much darker picture of the PC industry.
A rise of 4.1 percent over last year will be driven in part by companies buying "premium smartphones" for employees, the research firm says. Spending on tablets is also expected to rise.
The new forecast is down from the prior projection of 4.1 percent, due largely to changes in U.S. dollar exchange rates.
Gartner's report says mobile phone sales last year declined for the first time since 2009, but Apple and Samsung snagged the most market share.
Overall in 2013, shipments of tablets, smartphones, and PCs will increase 6 percent, despite the drag from traditional desktops and laptops, according to Gartner.