52.85 million Smart TVs to ship in 2012

Smart TVs will see significant growth next year according to Topology Research Institute, which expects current shipments to double to 52.85 million units. The research company said just over 7 million Smart TVs were shipped in 2010, and that figure is likely to increase to 25.18 million units in 2011. Smart TVs are defined as television sets that are capable of accessing the Internet, can be used to download and install applications, surf the web and more. Topology Research Institute believes there will be three sectors to the Smart TV market: one dominated by Samsung, which offers 1,000 apps, a second dominated by Google Android-powered televisions with partners such as Sony, Hisen, TCI and Konka, and a third sector of HTML5, CE-HTML and HbbTV-powered Smart TVs from LG, Sharp and Philips. 

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