5. Popularity of rugged tablets
Market research firm VDC recently released results of its quarterly device tracker, showing that rugged tablet sales grew 17.5 percent in 2014, with especially strong growth in the fourth quarter.
According to VDC, the market's growth stemmed from strong investments by key players in embedded manufacturing applications. The company also noted that vendors may face a challenge in 2015 after the closure of the Hydis display factory, which provided daylight-viewable displays for rugged tablets.