1bn smart mobile phones shipped in 2011

Rising popularity of smart connected devices has grown in recent months and nearly one billion PCs, media tablets and mobile phones were shipped throughout the world in 2011.

The 916 million units accounted for revenues surpassing US$489 billion ($470 billion) in 2011 and it is anticipated that this number of units could double by 2016.

According to the International Data Corporation's (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC, Mobile Phone and Media Tablet trackers, unit shipments of smart connected devices should top 1.1 billion worldwide in 2012.

The popularity of smartphones was highlighted as ABI Research recently forecasted the devices will eclipse all other handset units combined by 2016.

Vice president of clients and displays at IDC Bob O'Donnell said smart connected devices are starting to play a significant role in nearly everybody's life.

“We are in the multi-device age and we believe the number of people who use multiple devices will only continue to increase,” he continued.

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