In 2014, growth in global tablet shipments is taking a steep dive, as consumers upgrade less often than expected. PC shipments, on the other hand, are enjoying a brief easing of their decline.
That's in terms of sales, not screen size. The firm says shipments of the phone-tablet hybrids will reach 318 million in 2015, more than tablet and portable PC shipments.
Emerging markets are still showing interest in new tablets, but that isn't enough to sustain IDC's prior forecast for this year.
Market researcher revises its prediction for global PC shipments in 2014, but it still expects a decline.
The number of personal computers worldwide is expected to drop 6 percent this year, according to a study published Tuesday.
Increasing demand for big-screen smartphones means tablet sales could be lower than expected, says research firm IDC.
Microsoft's mobile OS will surge, after a fashion, amid slower growth for the smartphone industry as a whole, predicts research firm IDC.
Apple's iOS now controls approximately 89 percent of the smartphone industry's worldwide operating profits.
The chipmakers both unveil new platforms to help smaller devices last a little longer.
The company will use Mobile World Congress next week as a coming-out party for its new identity as a consumer gadget and mobile-app maker. It may be the most important party it ever hosts.