Data Monday: Networked Device Growth

by Luke Wroblewski April 24, 2010

The number of networked devices (e-readers, tablets, game consoles, and more) used by consumers continues to grow. Here's some recent stats:

  • Connected devices in service on the AT&T network jumped 1.1 million in the first quarter of 2010 to hit 5.8 million. (source).
  • Consumer-device manufacturers are adopting touch interfaces at a very rapid rate. Touch is growing 3X (units) to 10X (revenue) faster than the display industry. Projected-capacitive-touch revenue has rocketed from $20 million to $600 million in 3 years. (source).
  • Amazon says the Kindle remains its bestselling product with the number of books in available for the device reaching 500,000 titles. (source)
  • 600,000 electronic books had been downloaded from Apple’s new iBookstore on the iPad. (source).
  • Barnes & Noble's nook accounted for 53% of e-book readers shipped to US vendors last month. Manufacturers' e-book reader shipments to Barnes & Noble surpassed those to Amazon in March 2010. (source).
  • Amazon has started selling its Kindle at Target stores. Previously the Amazon e-book reader was only available online. (source).
  • Global e-book reader shipments totaled 1.43 million units in the first quarter of 2010, and will grow to 2.02 million units in the second quarter, according to Digitimes Research. Worldwide shipments for 2010 will reach 11.40 million units, up from 3.82 million in 2009. (source).
  • In its first 10 days, Apple's iPad has captured almost as much online usage share (3 out of every 10,000 online devices) as the BlackBerry or Google's Android operating system. (source).
  • Netflix now streams video content on all three major video game console makers (XBox, Wii, and Playstation). 55% of the company's subscribers streamed a TV episode or movie for more than 15 minutes during the first quarter of 2010, up from 36% during the same period a year ago—and 48 percent last quarter. (source).
  • Microsoft's Xbox 360 beat Nintendo's Wii and Sony's PlayStation 3 last month to become the best-selling video-game console in the U.S. for the first time in more than two years. (source).