Nearly 1 Billion Smart Connected Devices Shipped in 2011 with Shipments Expected to Double by 2016, According to IDC
28 Mar 2012
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., March 28, 2012 –The universe of
smart connected devices, including PCs, media tablets, and smartphones, saw
shipments of more than 916 million units and revenues surpassing $489 billion
dollars in 2011, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC). These numbers reflect
the combined total from IDC's Worldwide Quarterly
Mobile Phone Tracker, and Media Tablet Tracker.
consumers looking for a phone that can tap into several robust 'app'
ecosystems, businesses looking at deploying tablet devices into their environments,
or educational institutions working to update their school's computer labs, smart,
connected, compute-capable devices are playing an increasingly important role
in nearly every individual's life," said Bob O'Donnell, vice president,
Clients and Displays at IDC.
Looking ahead, unit
shipments for smart connected devices should top 1.1 billion worldwide in 2012.
By 2016, IDC predicts shipments will reach 1.84 billion units, more than double
the 2011 figure, as consumers and business of all shapes and sizes around the
world are showing a nearly insatiable appetite for smart connected devices.
This works out to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.4% for the
five-year forecast period.
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In terms of
platforms, IDC expects a relatively dramatic shift between 2011 and 2016, with
the once-dominant Windows on x86 platform, consisting of PCs running the
Windows operating system on any x86-compatible CPU, slipping from a leading
35.9% share in 2011 down to 25.1% in 2016. The number of Android-based devices
running on ARM CPUs, on the other hand, will grow modestly from 29.4% share in
2011 to a market-leading 31.1% share in 2016. Meanwhile, iOS-based devices will
grow from 14.6% share in 2011 to 17.3% in 2016.
growth is tied directly to the propagation of lower-priced devices," said Tom Mainelli, research director, Mobile Connected
"So, while we expect dozens of hardware vendors to own some share in the
Android market, many will find profitability difficult to sustain. Similarly,
we expect a large percentage of application developers to continue to focus
their efforts on iOS, despite the platform's smaller overall market share,
because iOS end users have proven more willing to pay for high-quality
Research conducted by
IDC suggests that many individuals own and regularly use multiple smart
connected devices. "We are in the multi-device age," continued
O'Donnell, "and we believe the number of people who use multiple devices
will only continue to increase. The trick, moving forward, will be to integrate
all these devices into a unified whole through use of personal cloud-type
applications and services. That's the real challenge of what we have often
called the 'PC Plus' era."
growth will be driven by Asia/Pacific countries, especially China, where mobile
operators are subsidizing the purchase of 3G smartphones, thus increasing the
total addressable market. In many if not all instances, the smartphone will be the
primary connection to the Internet," said Will Stofega, program director, Mobile Phone
Technologies and Trends. "In countries where devices are not subsidized by
the mobile operators, competitive and component-based pricing will help drive
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