ABI Research estimates that mobile phone accessories in the aftermarket will generate revenues of $51.1 billion by the end of 2014.
Protective carry cases continue to generate the highest revenues and shipment numbers, with $13 billion and 556,855,035 respectively with additional chargers and memory cards among the other major contributing product categories, the research said.
With most modern devices coming with larger screens, susceptibility to damage if dropped or carried in a pocket unprotected remains high. Some of the protective covers also offer compartments to store debit and credit cards. All of these have resulted in greater demand for protective covers.
Mobile phone accessories with Bluetooth availability will continue to be the most shipped handset smart accessory with sales increasing by 18 percent over a 5-year period; 2014 to 2019, said Thomas McCourtie, research analyst at ABI Research.
“Products in this category generally have lower shipment volumes but many Bluetooth enabled accessories are proving popular with consumers, particularly mobile media speakers and headphones,” adds McCourtie.
Some of the most popular Bluetooth accessories include Beats by Dr. Dre Pill and the Creative D200. The popularity of music streaming services such as iTunes, Spotify, and Beats Music is helping to drive sales.