IHS: Over 8B devices were connected globally end-2015

The IHS Technology Connected Device Market Monitor said there were 8.1 billion connected smartphones, tablets, personal computers, TVs, TV-attached devices, and audio devices across the globe at the end of 2015. The research company noted that this equated to four devices per household. Year-on-year, smartphones contribute roughly half a billion new devices to the market; tablet and over-the-top (OTT) set-tops are also growing quickly, but operate a full order of magnitude below the smartphone, IHS said. By 2020, this ratio will only widen. Within the forecast period, the smartphone-to-tablet ratio rises to nearly 10:1. Report