IHS: By next year, half of all mobile handsets will be smartphones
IHS breaks down the mobile phone industry into three separate divisions. First, there are smartphones followed by feature phones, and lastly you have your low-priced, basic models. IHS senior analyst Wayne Lam expects smartphones to be in the hands of more people than featurephones this year, but will fall short of the 50% mark. That milestone should be topped in 2013 and by 2016 the analyst sees smartphones accounting for two-thirds of the market.
1. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 925; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
this article doesnt surprise me. the cellular world is set for Smartphones and will continue to be that way
2. snowgator (Posts: 3149; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
I do think feature phones will be a profitable product longer than most people give them. They are a huge market in my age group (40-ish), and in developing markets. It may take an entire generation before smartphones really own the mobile world. I think it is no coincidence that the 2 largest companies (Samsung and Nokia) are also huge in that market. LG and Pantech owe feature phone sales for keeping them profitable in mobile.