Tablets Are Fastest-Growing Portion of Connected Devices: IDC
Shipments of smartphones, tablets and PCs—connected smart devices—reached 267.3 million units during Q2. While smartphones were the bulk, tablets are growing fastest.Smartphone, tablet and PC sales, when looked at together, are on the rise. And while smartphone numbers now dominate the three, tablets are the fastest-growing category, according to a Sept. 26 report from research firm IDC. During the second quarter, shipments of the three, known collectively as smart connected devices, reached 267.3 million, up 27.4 percent from a year ago and nearly 3 percent from the quarter before. By year's end, IDC expects worldwide shipments to reach 1.2 billion and grow to 1.4 billion in 2013. "The recent shipment data clearly demonstrates that we have fully entered into the multi-device era, where individuals are buying and using multiple devices per person, most often with different combinations of operating systems," Bob O'Donnell, an IDC program vice president, said in a statement. "The implications of this development on application developers, device makers, Web service providers, businesses and even individuals are profound." Wireless operators have also made changes to adjust to multiple-device users. This summer, both Verizon Wireless and AT&T introduced plans that allow multiple devices and users to connect to a single data allotment, moving away from the longtime model of one device, one contract, one user.
AT&T has said that its new Mobile Share plans are intended to "give customers more control over how, where and on what device they use data, which has become more important as people use more data devices."