Framingham, Mass.—Worldwide shipments of smart connected devices—defined as desktop and portable computers, tablets and smartphones—surpassed 1 billion units in 2012 and were valued at $577 billion, according to data from the International Data Corporation Smart Connected Device Tracker. Year-over-year growth of 29% was largely driven by a 78% increase in tablet shipments.
IDC projected worldwide tablet shipments this year will reach a new high of 191 million units, representing growth of 49% over 2012, and surpass shipments of desktop computers, with units shipped expected to drop by 4%, to 142 million.
IDC predicted the worldwide smart connected device space will continue to surge in the coming years, with shipments surpassing 2.2 billion units and revenues reaching $814 billion in 2017.
“Consumers and business buyers are now starting to see smartphones, tablets and PCs as a single continuum of connected devices separated primarily by screen size,” said Bob O'Donnell, IDC program VP-clients and displays.