Robert Hamilton of Google predicts that, "By next year, five billion mobile phones will be in service, out of a total world population of about seven billion. By 2014, there will be more mobile internet users than desktop internet users.”
November data indicates that Apple’s iOS has captured 28.6 percent of the smartphone operating system market share. RIM’s BlackBerry operating system is second with 26.1 percent of the market share, and Google’s Android finished third with 25.8 percent of the market.
About 26 percent of U.S. smartphone users said an Android device was their primary phone in the three months ending in November, compared with 25 percent using Apple Inc.’s iPhones, comScore said. BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. still held the first place spot, but its share of users declined to 33.5 percent from 37.6 percent in August.
Market research firm IDC predicts that shipments of smartphones, tablets and other app-enabled devices will overtake PCs shipments in the next 18 months. Shipments of personal computers will still continue to increase even as they are surpassed by other devices.
Forrester recently published a revised — and far more aggressive — U.S. tablet sales report, estimating that tablet sales will total 195 million between 2010 and 2015. The firm also predicts the majority of these tablets will bear the Apple logo.
The recent proliferation of mobile devices and mobile consumer apps has unleashed an unprecedented amount of interest and excitement among business and IT professionals. Not since the dot-com days has the IT world been so abuzz with enthusiasm and innovation around a single technology. Mobility, simply put, has changed the way people expect to work and live.
Industry observers report that the number of applications available for Android smartphones has risen dramatically since October, when more than 100,000 apps were available from the Android Market. According to the AndroLib web site, Google's mobile platform gained more than 24,000 new apps in November and 26,000 in December.
With telecom operators across the country gearing up to introduce 3G services in the next few months, industry players have projected revenues from content consumption in the sector to exceed that of the television industry over the next four years.
The latest phenomenon in the Indian markets is the Smartphone. Sales of Smartphones have nearly tripled in the last year. The numbers were even more impressive in the second quarter of 2010 where the sales have jumped by 34.2 percent.