Smartphones Shall Increase The Growth of Smart Connected Devices in 2014.


Smartphones Shall Increase The Growth of Smart Connected Devices in 2014.

Worldwide smart connected devices (SCD) are forecast to grow 15.6% year  over year in 2014, reaching close to 1.8 billion devices according to  the International Data Corporation (IDC)   Worldwide  Quarterly Smart Connected Devices Tracker. Smartphone growth is  expected to lead the charge as PC and tablet plus 2-in-1 forecasts have  been lowered in light of a weak first quarter. By 2018, IDC estimates  shipments will grow to 2.4 billion units.

“Apple’s iOS-ification of Mac OS, and Microsoft’s implementation of  Modern UI throughout different form factors are clear indicators that  we’re living in a mobile-first world,” said Jitesh  Ubrani, Research Analyst, Worldwide  Quarterly Tablet Tracker. “The PC will be the new accessory to  mobile as smartphones become the first and primary computing device for  many.” IDC expects smartphone shipments to outpace total PC shipments by  more than 6 to 1 in 2018.


The smartphone installed base is quickly approaching two billion units,  and vendors are scrambling to find the next two billion users in new  markets. As such, IDC is forecasting strong double-digit growth in the  low-cost Android smartphone segment that is driving much of the growth  in emerging countries such as China, India, and Brazil. Meanwhile,  mature markets such as the United States and Western Europe are slowing  to single-digit growth rates as the installed base swells.

“Low-cost Android smartphones will drive much of the SCD shipment growth  in coming years,” said Tom  Mainelli, Program Vice President for IDC’s Devices and Displays  group. “The influx of inexpensive phones will drive the SCD average  selling price bands downward, with the sub-$200 band increasing from 33%  of total shipments in 2013 to greater than 43% in 2018, while devices  that cost more than $500 are forecast to shrink from 33% of total device  shipments to 21.1%.”

Smart Connected Devices, Worldwide Share of New Shipments by Price  Band, 2013 – 2018

Year $0   $200   $500+
2013 32.7% 34.3% 33.0%
2014 37.2% 33.6% 29.2%
2018 43.3% 35.6% 21.1%


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