The number of tablets and Chromebooks continues to decline

The number of tablets and Chromebooks continues to decline ...

Tablet shipment growth was flat in the second quarter of 2022, but the story is even worse for Chromebooks as shipments fell significantly in the last three months compared to the same time a year ago.

According to the International Data Corporation's Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker, worldwide tablet orders shipments increased by just 0.15 percent year over year, thanks to smoother deployments of educational initiatives as well as multiple promotional sales like Amazon Prime Day.

Given geopolitical concerns, inflation worries, and continued Covid restrictions in China, the tablet market performed better than expected.

Anuroopa Nataraj, an IDC senior research analyst working on mobility and consumer device tracking, believes there are several factors driving tablets, including the persistent demand for cheaper alternatives to PCs and the proliferation of low-cost detachables from newcomers in the Asia-Pacific region.

Chromebook orders continued to decline, according to IDC's preliminary statistics. Such decreases were anticipated as excess inventory is still being cleared out and demand among educational customers has decreased. However, shipment volumes remain above pre-pandemic levels, and there are opportunities to pursue.

During the epidemic, Chrome adoption increased, as the need for remote learning accelerated schools' plans to reach a 1:1 ratio of PC to student. "This ratio will likely continue to hold in the future and even if PC shipments decline in other categories, Chrome will continue to operate at these elevated levels," said IDC's mobility and consumer device trackers.

Anete Lusina and Tyler Franta share images.

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