Tablet market slowed by rush to other devices

Once happily riding the latest technology wave, tablet sales are beginning to slow down as consumers turn to smartphones with bigger screens and wearable computing devices.

That’s the conclusion of a new report out from International Data Corporation, which tracks tablet sales.

It expects worldwide tablet shipments to reach 227.4 million units in 2013, down from a previous forecast of 229.3 million. However, that’s still 57.7% above 2012 shipments and IDC expects the tablet market will continue to grow, hitting 407 million shipments by 2017.

“A lower than anticipated second quarter, hampered by a lack of major product announcements, means the second half of the year now becomes even more critical for a tablet market that has traditionally seen its highest shipment volume occur during the holiday season,” said Tom Mainelli, IDC’s tablet research director.

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