canalys bluetooth headphones will become the second biggest smart device category after phones

Canalys has released a new report predicting that personal audio will be the fastest-growing category of smart devices over the next few years, but smartphones will maintain their position as the leading smart device.

According to the analysts, 3 billion smart devices will be shipped globally in 2023, up from 2.4 billion in 2019. Half of those will be smartphones, 1.5 billion, showing a small but consistent growth (meanwhile, PCs, laptops and tablets will decline).

The next largest category will be smart personal audio. This includes everything from true wireless headsets (TWS) to…