With the screen and laptops of smart phones getting smaller, the tablet market is hitting again.
According to the IDC, the global tablet market saw an annual decline in the four quarters of 2017, with a decline of 7.3% in the fourth quarter of 2017.
The total number of tablets shipped was 49.6 million, up from 53.8 million in the same quarter last year.
Apple, the market leader, has retained its position thanks to the most affordable iPad and advanced iPad Pro.
That said, Apple had only seen improvement in shipment, but as the entire tablet market plummeted, the company’s market share increased by 2.5%.
Not surprisingly, Amazon took second place, surpassing Samsung by a 6.6% increase, registering a growth rate of 5.5% a year.
In fact, this is a major achievement for Amazon, which achieved a 38.7% annual growth over the previous quarter. The rest of the top five took on Samsung, Huawei and Lenovo, respectively.
There are many reasons to give the tablet market the current downward trend.
One of its major alternatives, laptops and smartphones, has been able to adapt to changing consumer patterns.
Today we have smartphones with screens and laptops less than one kilogram in weight.
Another major reason for the decline of tablets is the lack of innovation.
Of course, there was some impressive product like one of the Lenovo Yoga tablets with built-in projector or a new iPad Pro with Apple Pencil and a foldable keyboard.
However, tablets are not as quickly replaced or upgraded as smartphones. Customers today are regularly buying new smartphones for new features, due to wear and tear.
Tablets are slowly being considered as television, which is a huge problem for manufacturers. But there is one upcoming hardware piece that can serve as a silver liner.
This year’s Consumer Electronics Show saw the emergence of a new class of smart devices as manufacturers were originally built on smart screens. Smart screens are the future for tablets, not just for smart speakers. Let me tell you why.
The first generation smart headphones, including Google Home, Echo, etc. have been well received but still developed and not nearly perfect.
Although AI is evolving and learning over time, adding a screen helps a built-in intelligent assistant to improve its muscles.
Amazon already has the Echo Show, a small watch-like device that can work for you without limiting its sound.
On the other hand, Google is considering moving to the next level – a display with a Google-powered speaker.
Companies like Lenovo, JBL and LG have also planned to launch their own versions of their duplicates with Sony.
In addition to just playing music and answering searches, these smart screens will allow users to make video calls, use specific apps, watch videos and more.
Google is very serious in this category, it has actually announced a dedicated platform for slots called Android Things and confirmed the list of companies that make this smart speaker: Altek Lansing, Anchor Innovations, Bang & Olufsen, Braven & Ihome, JBL, Jensen, LG. , Clips, Knit Audio, Memorax, Riva Audio, Celis, Sony.
Technical details have not yet been displayed, but it has been confirmed as a complete audio control interface that will enable you to see things.
While Android applications will not be fully run on them, it will also act as a Google interface, such as an interface for providing users with information such as cards, suggestions and other components.
In my opinion, manufacturers should pay more attention to creating these than prescription discs.
They may not be mobile, but companies must target one per family per home or per room, if they are provided at a reasonable price.
This makes perfect sense as smart assistants evolve and they will be on almost all of our electronic devices in the years to come.