Nearly 1 billion “smart devices” were shipped in 2011, analysts at IDC are reporting this morning, to the tune of over $489 billion in revenue. It’s an odd category, which IDC defines as “connected” smartphones, tablets, and even PCs. Looking ahead, the firm expects shipments of these devices to grow to 1.1 billion this year, and to reach 1.84 billion units by 2016 – a number that’s more than double the 2011 figure.
What’s interesting about the forecast is how it pits traditional Windows computers against Android and iOS, indicating the former’s decline. By 2016, Android-based devices running on ARM CPUs are estimated to reach a 31.1% share – more than either iOS or Windows (x86), says IDC.