By : Chris Tribbey | Posted: 12 Mar 2009
The number of mobile Internet devices shipped globally will increase to more than 416 million by 2012, eight times the number shipped in 2007, according to new research from iSuppli Corp.
iSuppli defines mobile Internet devices as anything that can connect to a wireless connection, with an eight-inch screen or larger, suitable for video viewing.
“The market for MIDs does not just reside in one big multipurpose platform, but instead encompasses segments of various product markets, including UMPCs (Ultra-Mobile PCs), netbooks, smart phones, portable navigation devices, e-book readers, portable media/MP3 players and handheld gaming devices,” said Francis Sideco, senior analyst for wireless communications for iSuppli.
“People like MID functionality because it opens up services, applications, business models and cross-industry relationships that were never possible before.”
Smart phones are expected to represent the majority of mobile Internet devices, with 60% of the market.