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Wi-Fi-Enabled Devices to Exceed 1.9 Billion Units by 2014

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The quest for connectivity continues to drive Consumer Electronics (CE) manufacturers to enable their products with Wi Fi technology. The next 5 years will see an increase in the number of Wi Fi enabled devices, from over 500 million in 2009 to nearly 2 billion in 2014, according to In Stat. Devices leading the pace of adoption include Blu ray players recorders, e readers, and digital televisions.

"The reality of 802.11n-enabled devices being available is that many of the technical issues that constrained Wi-Fi adoption in video-centric CE devices in the past have been remedied," says Frank Dickson, VP of Research. "As a result, we expect the adoption of Wi-Fi in the living room to accelerate. Across all 'digital living room' consumer electronics, which includes set top boxes, game consoles, Blu-ray players, digital picture frames, among other devices, Wi-Fi-enabled devices will exceed 200 million units by 2014.

The research includes:

  • Mobile devices with Wi-Fi will still dominate shipments.
  • In 2013, shipments of mobile phones with embedded Wi-Fi are projected to exceed of a billion units.
  • E-readers Wi-Fi attach rates will increase from 3% in 2009 to 88% by 2014.
  • 29 million Digital Picture frames will be shipped in 2014; 53% will be Wi-Fi-enabled.

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