ABI Research analysts predict at least 87 percent of WiFi-enabled smartphones will feature 802.11n support in 2014.
Although 802.11n Wi-Fi technology was found in less than 1% of Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones last year, in 2014 at least 87% of Wi-Fi-capable smartphones will feature this latest of the 802.11 protocols, according to ABI Research. However, users of these phones should not expect laptop-like performance, at least not initially.
“Driven by chip-makers more than by handset vendors, 802.11n is making its official debut in higher-end smartphones in 2010. 802.11n is arriving in the handset just at the right time. We had to wait for consumers to switch over to 802.11n access points, and we’re just now reaching that tipping point. Something like 50% of the Wi-Fi access points on offer are now 11n. Consumers are becoming aware of what it can do,” said ABI Research industry analyst Michael Morgan.