Strategy Analytics says there will be 400 million connected convergent devices around the globe by 2014 and firm estimates the value of the CCD market will exceed $50 billion by then

Posted on August 19, 2010

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What are Connected Convergent Devices or CCD’s for short? – Mobile internet devices (MIDs), Tablets, E-Book Readers, Netbooks, Smartbooks and well, who knows what else will pop up.

Certainly these are new form factors that fill the gap between Smartphones and Notebooks. How they will be used, whether primary devices or for those ‘in between’ times is still being determined by the customer, the device manufacturers and the software developers.

The report, “Connected Convergent Devices: The New Battleground,” envisions CCDs filling the gap between smartphones and netbooks—a gap that is ripe for growth. The firm estimates the value of the CCD market will exceed $50 billion in 2014.
Some cannibalization is inevitable, according to the report, particularly among the tablets, netbooks, eBook readers and Mobile Internet devices (MIDs) categories.

“All categories have the potential to be very disruptive,” said Peter King, Director of the Connected Home Device service at Strategy Analytics. “However, all have their place in the market, and as casual computing develops, new products such as the tablet can be additive to the market as well as cannibalistic”.

CE, Mobile and PC companies are vying for the consumer wallet with a variety of Connected Convergent Devices (CCDs), including tablets, netbooks, smartbooks, eBook readers and MIDs.

“We have recently witnessed price erosion and product withdrawals in the eBook reader market, and the netbook market growth has slowed down since the introduction of the Apple iPad,” added King. “As rival tablets hit the market by year-end, many driven by Google’s Android, we will see even more competition in this dynamic new market segment.”

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