IDC Q4 2012 report: Smart connected device market up thanks to tablet shipments

Desktop and portable PC shipments continue to decline while tablets spur growth in the smart connected devices market.

IDC just sent out their press release documenting the fourth quarter 2012 results for smart connected devices (smartphones, tablets, and PCs). Shipments of smart connected devices were up 28.3 percent from 2011 with tablets driving the year-over-year growth.


Samsung just barely passed up Apple in 2012 with a major 86 percent increase over 2011, shipping 77.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2012. Lenovo, HP, and Sony round out the top five from Q4 2012, each with single digit market share. Apple did show a resurgence in the fourth quarter, compared to earlier in 2012, thanks in large part to the release of the iPhone 5 and iPad mini. It will be interesting to see how Samsung and Apple compete in 2013.

Chart: Worldwide Smart Connected Device Market Share by Product Category, 2010-2012 Description: The data in this chart comes from the following IDC Trackers: WW Quarterly PC Tracker, WW Quarterly Tablet Tracker, and WW Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. PC data includes Desktop PCs and Portable PCs. Tablet data does not include eReaders. Mobile Phone Data does not include Feature Phones. For further information contact Kathy Nagamine at Author: IDCcharts powered by iCharts

Smartphones and tablets were both up for the year, while portable PCs and desktop PCs were down. Smartphone shipments increased 46.1 percent (60.1 percent of the smart connected devices market share) while tablets grew 78.4 percent to grab a 10.7 percent market share of this mobile segment.

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