In-Stat: Majority in U.S. to have smartphones, tablets by 2015
In-Stat predicts that 65 percent of all Americans will have a smartphone and/or tablet in just four years.
About 65 percent of the U.S. population, or over 200 million people, will have a smartphone and/or tablet in 2015, according to the research firm In-Stat.
The research firm did not immediately respond to CNET's request for comment on how many people in the U.S. are currently using smartphones and tablets.
In-Stat's forecast today comes on the heels of similar findings by research firms that indicate the mobile space is set to explode even more in the coming years.
In April, research firm Gartner reported thatlast year. This year, the research firm expects that figure to jump to 468 million. Next year, smartphone shipments could jump to over 630 million, the company said. But all those figures pale in comparison to Gartner's expected 2015 shipments. The research firm said that by then, 1.1 billion smartphones will ship worldwide.
On the tablet side, In-Stat reported yesterday that it iPad shipments could go as high as 36 million this year, followed by Android tablet shipments of 20 million.. That report followed that
Speaking of Apple and Android, In-Stat said in its forecast today that fans of both will prove to be quite loyal over the coming years. The research firm said that "the average Apple household will have four Apple devices" by 2015. The typical "Android household" will have about two Android devices by then, In-Stat predicted.
One other tidbit from In-Stat's forecast: 86 percent of smartphone or tablet users will view video on those devices in 2015.