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Tablet commerce market to expand dramatically next year

A Canalys report has revealed that these devices will make up a full half of all computers in 2014.

According to the research firm, Canalys, tablet commerce will soon have the potential to reach quite an explosive point, as these devices work their way toward dominance in the computing environment, worldwide.

They have predicted that these smaller screen devices will make up half of the entire market.

In fact, Canalys has said that tablet commerce will expand to the point that these devices will out ship nearly all other forms of personal computers combined. This will mean that they will make up almost half of the total consumer personal computer marketplace, which includes tablets, notebooks, laptops, and computers.

Already, this year, the computing marketplace growth is greatly driven by tablet commerce.

Tablet Commerce GrowthIn the third quarter of this year, the worldwide client PC market increased by an estimated 18 percent. Even as desktop, notebook, and laptop shipments were starting to decline, the adoption of tablets allowed that market to continue its expansion. In fact, in that quarter, those shipments were already making up about 40 percent of all PCs. This was under half a million units behind the worldwide shipments of notebooks and laptops.

Canalys’s tablet commerce forecasts for 2014 are that 285 million units will be shipped. It has also predicted that this figure will increase by the year 2017 until it reaches 396 million. The leaders are predicted to be Samsung and Apple, which will maintain their dominance over the medium future, but as competition continues to grow in this market space, they are both expected to experience considerable challenges.

Apple has been able to keep its own top spot throughout this year, so far. The last quarter is expected to strengthen that manufacturer’s position because of the recent introduction of the newest iPad Air and the iPad Minis. However, Canalys also stated, through Tim Coulling, a Senior Analyst, that “Apple’s decline in PC market share is unavoidable when considering its business model. Samsung narrowly took the lead in EMEA this quarter and Apple will lose its position to competitors in more markets in the future.”

Coulling also pointed out that Apple is among a small number of companies that are actually making money from tablet commerce device sales, so far.

Mobile commerce growing through in-app purchases

Mobile Commerce GrowthMobile commerce finds strong growth in mobile applications

Mobile applications are beginning to play a major role in mobile commerce. These applications are starting to serve as adequate replacements for NFC technology, allowing more consumers to participate in mobile commerce than ever before. Canalys, a leading market research firm, has released a new report highlighting the growth of mobile applications and the role they are beginning to play in the adoption and expansion of mobile commerce. The report suggests that mobile commerce could come to replace traditional online shopping methods in the near future.

Report highlights performance of mobile applications

According to the report, downloads of mobile applications grew by 11% in the first quarter of 2013. Approximately 13 billion apps were downloaded during that quarter. Many of these applications offered mobile commerce services or some kind of in-app purchase opportunity. Together, these applications accounted for $2.2 billion in paid downloads and in-app purchases during the first quarter, a 9% increase over the previous quarter. The report suggests that the growing popularity of mobile applications, as well as their increasing value, is largely due to the convenience these applications offer, especially in regards to mobile commerce.

Mobile everything is becoming the favored solution for consumers

More consumers are showing favor for using their mobile devices for daily activities, such as online searches, shopping, and engaging in social networks. Mobile services typically offer consumers a range of opportunities to make in-app purchase, either by unlocking additional features for an application or simply purchasing a product through that application. Canalys estimates that the growing popularity of these applications will push the download mark to over 20 billion by the end of this year and that these applications will account for $3.1 billion in revenue.

Mobile commerce still facing several challenges

Canalys notes that the mobile commerce market is still immature and is difficult to measure accurately. There are several challenges that mobile commerce faces that could put a damper on the markets promising future. The most significant of these challenges is security, which is growing more important as consumers begin to understand how much their financial information could be at risk. The continued growth of mobile commerce will also be largely dependent on the social and economic impact it will have. A negative impact will cause the support for mobile commerce to all but evaporate, while a positive impact will encourage more consumers to get involved.