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WiFi-Enabled Devices Rapidly Gaining Popularity

by Winston Sih | May 5, 2010May 5, 2010 7:46 pm PDT

More and more electronics of the modern day are becoming networked and many consumers are opting for the devices with built-in wireless access; this, coming from a report from In-Stat on Monday.

Television sets with WiFi are predicted to sky-rocket from less than 5 million in 2009, to more than 65 million in 2014.  Blu-ray players will increase as well, with another 61 million units expected to be sold in the coming years.

Devices are predicted to surpass 200-million-sold within the next four years.

Gadgets with WiFi have been in high demand and are expected to get hotter.  WiFi-enabled devices, particularly mobile phones are projected to have the biggest increase in volume over the next few year with In-Stat projecting 515 million handsets shipping by 2014.

Tablet computers with WiFi, like the Apple iPad, is expected to hit an all-time high in another 4 years topping out at a record-breaking 46 million.

“Wi-Fi swept through the computing market, driven by the need to access and share broadband connectivity,” Frank Dickson, In-Stat’s Vice President of Research, said in a statement. “That same consumer desire is now resulting in Wi-Fi adoption across the entire range of connected consumer electronics, driving significant Wi-Fi volumes. The ubiquitous adoption of Wi-Fi in consumer electronics is Wi-Fi’s manifest destiny.”

Overall, shipments of enabled appliances and devices could exceed 3.5 billion in 2014.


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