According to recent reports, the Windows-Intel PCs will lose their dominant position in the market in favour to the Android and iOS devices.
The PCs will see their 35.9 per cent market share from 2011 melt down to 25.1 per cent in 2016. Meanwhile, users will embrace more portable devices with enhanced features for entertainment and work.
Android tablets and smartphones as well as Apple's iPhones and iPad are predicted to take over. Android devices - which are already very popular on the market - will reach to the top of the pecking order by 2016.
In 2011, Android ARM chip-based devices had 29.4 per cent of the market and this share will increase to 31.1 per cent in 2016, which at that time, will be the leading position.
Apple's iPhones and iPads which last had 14.6 per cent market share in 2011, will account for 17.3 per cent of the market by 2016.
Bob O'Donnell, vice president of clients and displays at IDC, summarised the situation and explained the market shift. "Smart, connected, compute-capable [phones and tablets] are playing an increasingly important role in nearly every individual's life," said Bob O'Donnell.
In terms of units, this year the shipments of "smart connected" devices are expected to be over 1.1 billion devices worldwide and in 2016, the shipments will reach 1.84 billion units.