According to a new connected home devices study from ABI Research, “fourth screen” media phones will be among the fastest-growing device types, and will generate a market value above $5 billion by 2014.

“While the first media phone models only appeared late last year in the United States (earlier in Asia), more than 30 million units will be shipped in 2014,” said ABI Research industry analyst Michael Inouye, in a statement. “These devices, which feature video playback, Internet connectivity, and some form of voice functionality, will be among the strongest performers among fourth screen products.”

A new ABI Research study, "Connected Home Devices (Fourth Screen)" examines the dynamics and potential of the nascent fourth screen market. It includes forecasts for digital photo frames, media phones, and desktop Internet appliances within the North American, Asia Pacific, European, and RoW markets for the years 2009 to 2014.

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