US Now Boasts Over 500 Million Internet-Connected Devices

March 21, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The Internet has influenced our lives in a big way, and a major part of the civilized world is connected to the World Wide Web at some point of time. Therefore, it comes as no surprise when the new analysis from The NPD Group observed that the US has achieved a milestone in Internet connections.

According to the analysis, the United States has over 500 million internet-connected devices that include smartphones, tablets, laptops, PCs, video-game consoles, HDTVs, Blu-Ray players, and more. The NPD Group points out that the increase is due to the growing number of smartphone and tablet ownership.

There has been a big shift in ownership of regular cellphones to smartphones, and the analysis shows that within the past 3 months, over 9 million people have made the transition. They also reported that around 18 million people have bought a tablet device.


Statistical data shows that the number of connected devices in US households have risen from 5.3 devices per home to 5.7 devices, out of which most of these are either Apple’s or Samsung’s products. Smartphone ownership grew up by 5% since 3 months ago, while tablet adoption went up by 18%.

However much the smartphones and tablets rule the daily lives of consumers, it’s the PC that remains the most commonly used internet-connected device in households. More than 93% homes have at least one PC, and this hasn’t changed a bit in the past 90 days.

“It’s hard to believe that tablets and smartphones are still somewhat in their infancy. But as we have seen in just the past few months, there is significant potential for this market to develop further,” explains John Buffone, director of devices at NPD Connected Intelligence.

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