Don’t call them phablets, just call them the fastest growing connected device segment

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Gigaom

Whether you love or hate the term “phablet,” there’s no denying these larger phones are catching on with mainstream consumers. Research firm IDC thinks that will drive big growth for handsets with with screens measuring between 5.5 and 7 inches, sharing its latest estimates for device sales on Wednesday. Over the next four years, IDC expects phablet shipments to grow at a 60 percent annual rate.

Over the air digital TV on Galaxy Note 2

This year alone, the firm thinks phablet shipments will rise 209.6 percent from last year alone with 174.9 million big-screened phones shipping in 2014. Part of this year’s growth would be boosted by the introduction of a 5.5-inch [company]Apple[/company] iPhone, widely expected to launch next week. In 2018, [company]IDC[/company] figures 592.9 phablets will ship, accounting for 24.4 percent of all connected devices that year (connected devices include traditional smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops).

Some are just now seeing the benefit a larger screen can bring…

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