Smartphone statistics and global mobile trends

Smartphone statistics and global mobile trends

Data pertaining to global mobile buying trends and smartphone usage statistics. Research and analysis of mobile phone market by Gartner and Neilsen analytics firms.

Over a period of time there has been a growth in the sales and market share of mobile smartphones. An increase in usage of 3G networks has boosted smartphone sales around the globe. The following article will give insights into the global smartphone market trends.

Nielsen report that 38 percent of US mobile phone owners have a smartphone as of May 2011, and expect smartphones to become the majority by the end of 2011.
IMS Research expects 420 million smartphones to sell in 2011 or 28 percent of the mobile handset market. They predict this figure will rise to over 1 billion in 2016 (half the market).
IDC expect total smartphone sales in 2011 to reach 472 million across the globe, rising to 982 million in 2015.
Gartner puts worldwide Q1 2011 sales of smartphones at just over 100 million: 23.6 percent of mobile communication device sales.
The same company expects US sales of smartphones to grow from 67 million in 2010 to 95 million in 2011, and become the highest-selling consumer electronic device category.
A Pew Internet Project survey from May 2011 found 35 percent of US adults owned a smartphone.
According to figures for 2010 released by Gartner, smartphones accounted for 297 million (19 percent) of the 1.6 billion mobile phones sold that year. That is 72.1 percent more smartphone sales than in 2009.
The Coda Research Consultancy predict global smartphone sales of some 2.5 billion over the 2010-2015 period, and also suggest that mobile Internet use via smartphones will increase 50 fold by the end of that period.
eMarketer predicts that smartphone ownership will reach 43 percent of the US mobile population by 2015.
Morgan Stanley Research estimates sales of smartphones will exceed those of PCs in 2012.
Gartner s analysis of Q1 2011 smartphone sales shows the Android operating system dominating market share: Symbian 27 percent, Android 36 percent, RIM 13 percent, iOS 17 percent, Microsoft Windows mobile 4 percent and Others 3 percent.
In 2012, they expect this domination to continue, largely at the expense of the phased-out Symbian system, predicting: Symbian 5 percent, Android 49 percent, RIM 13 percent, iOS 19 percent, Microsoft Windows mobile 11 percent and Others 3 percent.
Nielsen s figures for May 2011 in the US show Android as the leading OS, at 38 percent of all currently-owned smartphones, followed by Apple s iPhone at 28 percent, the RIM OS at 21 percent and Windows Mobile at 9 percent.
June 2011 data from Nielsen for the US reveal Apple as the top smartphone manufacturer, followed by RIM, HTC, Motorola and Samsung:
Mobile entertainment company Mxyer also track mobile device and OS use. Their 2010 review revealed Android devices accounted for 40 percent of visits to their mobile site in Dec 2010. Other popular operating systems included RIM at 38 percent and Windows Mobile at 12 percent. Apple s iOS accounted for 5 percent of visits.
comScore data for May 2011 in the US gives Android a 38.1 percent share of the smartphone ownership market, followed by Apple (26.6 percent), RIM (24.7 percent) and Windows Mobile (5.8 percent).

Such has been the prediction and statistical aggregation of data by various organizations undertaking analysis and data assimilation. Smartphones have been showing an increasing trend towards domination of the regular mobile market, this will only get more intense in the near future. Globally the demand for smartphones has been on a rise and will possibly continue to be so. Statistically speaking, any technology company which dominates this smartphone market, will end up dominating the entire technology sphere.

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