Around 150 million mobile internet devices will be shipped annually by 2015
Around 150 million mobile internet devices based on "lite" operating systems (OSs), such as tablet computers, will be shipped annually by 2015, a technology consultant has forecast.
Ovum's new report, "Tablets and Other Mobile Internet Devices Forecast: 2010-15", predicts a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 60% in global shipments from 14.2 million at the end of 2010.
Ovum principal analyst Tony Cripps said: "This huge growth in shipments will be dominated by tablet-style technologies such as the iPad and will mainly be driven by consumers buying devices to complement their smartphones.
"This will either be as a 'third device' where there is a high-penetration (of) PCs or the primary computing device where there is low penetration," he added.
The company expects North America to have nearly a quarter share (23%) of shipments of portable internet devices by 2015, with Europe predicted to be the next largest consumer, at 19%.
Google's operating systems such as Android and Chrome OS are set to dominate the OS market, with Apple's iOS slipping down to second spot, according to Ovum.
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