New Smartphone and Tablet Usage Data Revealed

New statistics were unveiled today on projected trends in the usage of smartphones, tablet computers, and mobile connected devices.

According to latest research from In-Stat, about 65% of US households would own either a smartphone or tablet by 2015, and the average household would have at least four Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) devices. That will also spell good news for sales of devices by Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), and Nokia (NYSE:NOK).

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Gartner (NYSE:IT) predicts strong growth in smartphones shipments with this year’s volume estimated to be 468 million, up 58% over last year. Forecast for the next year is 630 million, up 35% and rising to 1.1 billion in 2015.

These strong forecasts are echoed in estimates released by GSMA, forecasting the number of total connected devices is expected to increase from approximately 9 billion today to more than 24 billion in 2020. Out of those, mobile connected devices will grow 100 percent from more than 6 billion today to 12 billion in 2020.

“We are entering the next phase in the development of the mobile industry, one where we will see mobile connect everything in our lives,” said Michael O’Hara, chief marketing officer, GSMA. “In this new Connected Life, mobile will transform society and will have a profound effect on the way we interact not only with each other, but also with our surroundings. However, capitalizing on this enormous opportunity requires collaboration across the entire ecosystem to demonstrate how mobile technology in everything from tablet PCs to new healthcare devices can enhance people’s personal and business lives.”

Mobile operators such as Sprint (NYSE:S), AT&T (NYSE:T), Verizon (NYSE:VZ), Metro PCS (NYSE:PCS) and Leap Wireless (NASDAQ:LEAP) are expected to benefit significantly from this industry growth.

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