TAIPEI, Taiwan — The PC market is on track for recovery, as shown by growing consumer demand, Quanta Computer (廣達) said yesterday, adding that sales in the second half of the year are likely to exceed those in the first half. Quanta held a shareholder conference yesterday in which the company’s vice president C.C. Leung (梁次震) made the above comment. He forecast that company revenue in the third quarter would grow 10 percent from the previous quarter.
BANGALORE, INDIA: In the first quarter, mobile PCs declined 32 percent year-on-year due to a lack of government sales, finds a Gartner study — The combined desk-based and mobile PC market in India totalled nearly 1.9 million units in the first quarter of 2014, a 20.6 percent decrease over the first quarter of 2013, according to Gartner, Inc.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan’s Acer Inc. (宏碁) remained the fourth-biggest personal computer maker in India in the first quarter amid poor end-user demand in the South Asian market, according to tech research firm International Data Corp. (IDC). A total of 2.03 million PCs were shipped in India in the first quarter of 2014, representing a year-on-year decline of 25.2 percent, IDC said in a May 26 report.
Some notebook vendors’ shipments are being affected due to lack of panel access as panel makers shift their production capacity to mobile and TV panels. Lenovo, Dell, Acer, Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Asustek Computer are among the vendors who are putting in increased orders for notebook panels and may see shipments affected due to lack of panel supply.
Sales of Windows-based tablets in Japan have been rising as vendors have been aggressively releasing Windows 8.1-based 8-inch models since October 2013. In February 2014, 15.7% of Japan’s tablet sales were contributed by Windows-based models, up significantly from a year ago and also larger than the Windows tablet’s share of 2% in the worldwide tablet market, according to figures from Japan-based BCN.
Quanta Computer shipped 3.6 million notebooks in March, growing 9.09% sequentially. First-quarter shipments were 10.5 million units, according to the company. Quanta expects notebook shipments in the second quarter to remain unchanged on quarter. On April 10, Quanta reported consolidated revenues of NT$74.475 billion (US$2.45 billion) for March, increasing 7.44% on month and 5.49% on year, and NT$215.834 billion for January-March, slipping 20.52% on quarter but rising 9.39% on year.
Lenovo could set new record earnings in its financial year to March 31 after posting the strongest growth among the world’s top suppliers of personal computers last quarter, while the overall industry continued to decline. In separate preliminary estimates released on Thursday, technology research firms IDC and Gartner said global shipments fell for the eighth consecutive quarter in the three months to March 31 but showed signs of improvement.
Microsoft has ended support for Windows XP, its venerable operating system – launched 12 years ago – that is still being used by a lot of people. Statistics from Net Applications say that a quarter of global Windows users are still on XP. It’s a particular issue in China. For a sense of the scale of China’s addiction to XP, check out statistics relating to usage of Internet Explorer 6 (IE6), the default web browser that shipped with Windows XP.
Hewlett-Packard (HP), Asustek Computer and other vendors plan to develop 15- to 17-inch AIO (all-in-one) PCs in a bid to tap the low-cost segment, but this will decrease demand for large-size notebooks, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Currently, more than 70% of AIO PCs are 21- to 23-inch models, with 23-inch being the mainstream screen size, the sources indicated. While AIO PCs are expected to replace desktops, AIO sales has so far been short of expectations, the sources noted.