Sunday, February 5, 2012

Smartphones > tablets+netbooks+notebooks+desktops

Have a look at the above table. Yes, there are more smatphones sold than notebooks, netbooks, tablets and desktops combined.
“In 2011 we saw a fall in demand for netbooks, and slowing demand for notebooks and desktops as a direct result of rising interest in pads,” said Chris Jones, Canalys VP and Principal Analyst. “But pads have had negligible impact on smart phone volumes and markets across the globe have seen persistent and substantial growth through 2011. Smart phone shipments overtaking those of client PCs should be seen as a significant milestone. In the space of a few years, smart phones have grown from being a niche product segment at the high-end of the mobile phone market to becoming a truly mass-market proposition. The greater availability of smart phones at lower price points has helped tremendously, but there has been a driving trend of increasing consumer appetite for Internet browsing, content consumption and engaging with apps and services on mobile devices.”
While PCs and tablets registered a 14.8% growth, Smartphones registered 62.7% growth YoY. On the other hand, Android has 48.8% of marketshare  (2011 worldwide sales figures taken into account).

It will be interesting to see how smartphones and Android fare in 2012, given that tablet sales are rising and PC manufacturers are now targeting end-users with Ultrabooks.


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