The worldwide market for connected devices-PCs, smartphones and tablets--reached 267.3 million units shipped in the second quarter, up 27.4% from a year ago and 2.8% from the first quarter, according to a new IDC estimate. On a revenue basis, the total increased 16.3% to $131.5 billion from a year ago, but fell 2.7% from the prior quarter.
In the U.S., rapid adoption of smartphones and tablets has started to slow as overall economic conditions and a degree of saturation begin to affect the market. U.S. shipments of connected devices in Q2 dropped 5% to just under 47.4 million units, while sales slipped 10.3% to $24.8 billion.
IDC projects the worldwide total unit shipments for smart connected devices will reach nearly 1.2 billion in 2012, a 27.4% increase over 2011, and grow to 1.4 billion in 2013, a 19.2% year-over-year increase. By 2016, that total will surpass 2 billion units. Read more here.