It’s Infographic time thanks to the team at the GSMA. They’ve completed a study of the wide array of product announcements at CES earlier this month. The study shows that more than half of the devices launched are ‘connected‘ in some way (i.e. 3G/4G/WiFi). This is super news for the wireless marketplace. In specific categories, the GSMA noted that more than 90 percent of TVs, 70 percent of automotive devices, 44 percent of healthcare devices and 30 percent of cameras are connected.
We’re not quite there today in terms of ensuring everything will intelligently connect, but I don’t think we’re very far away from that. Witness, for example, the GSMA’s prediction that by 2020 — that’s less than 8 years away — the world will have a networked ecosystem of 24 billion connected devices!
I’m particularly interested in the segment below on automotive connectivity — I think that’s due for quite a renaissance over the next few years. My Range Rover, for example, has a built-in car phone system. So that does count as ‘connected’. But can you imagine if the car had an iPhone or a BlackBerry integrated into the dashboard? The possibilities and use-cases would be far, far more exciting. I’m looking forward to something like that.
There’s a lot more information at the association’s Connected Life website. Here’s the infographic: