Overall shipments of consumer connected devices will increase from 262.1 million units in 2010 to 712.1 million units in 2015 according to Infinite Research. Shipment growth is being driven by product manufacturers who are increasingly incorporating cellular and/or Wi-Fi connectivity into their devices. This trend will cause the global installed base of Consumer Connected Devices to swell to 2.1 billion units in 2015.
Virtually all mobile devices, including e-readers, tablet computers, portable games consoles, media players, digital cameras, and camcorders, are now being embedded with Internet connectivity. The same is true for stationary consumer electronics devices; smart-TVs, connected Set-Top Boxes, video game consoles, Blu-Ray / DVD players, digital photo frames, and media phones are all being equipped with Internet connectivity.
“The explosion of connected devices is being driven by consumers seeking on-demand access to movies, music, social networking services, applications (apps), connected services, and other content. Additionally, wireless modules have hit price points that encourage device manufacturers to add internet connectivity to their products. This fact, in combination with falling device prices and fundamental demand, is driving consumer adoption of mobile connected devices and connected home electronics” said Mark Ritorto, President, Infinite Research.