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In 2011 smartphones outsold PCs

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In 2011 smartphones outsold PCs
In 2011, the smartphone finally became the new computers as shipments of smartphones outgrew personal computer shipments, a Canalys report said. A total of 488 million smartphones were shipped by vendors last year, which is more than the 415 million personal computers.

The growth rate itself is spectacular - the total number of shipped smartphones jumped 62.7% on the year, with a huge last quarter where smartphone shipments reached 159 million.

"Smartphone shipments overtaking those of client PCs should be seen as a significant milestone," Chris Jones from Canalys said. "In the space of a few years, smartphones have grown from being a niche product segment at the high-end of the mobile phone market to becoming a truly mass-market proposition."

We already know that Apple was the single most popular brand, but when it comes to platforms reports have been ambiguous, most agreeing that Android still has the lead, especially outside the States. Canalys too said Android had the overwhelming share with 238 million Android smartphones out there, constituting nearly half of all smart handsets.

Symbian still had a noticeable share with 81.9 million handsets shipped, and RIM wrapped up the big four platforms with 51.4 million devices. Microsoft’s Windows Phone was marginal at best with a mere 6.8 million phones shipped.

This huge growth is striking when we look at the personal computer market where a single-digit growth is considered success. Tablets were the only booming device, while netbook sales tanked. Notebooks and desktop PCs grew in the single digits.

source: Canalys via PCMag

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posted on 06 Feb 2012, 06:54 1

1. Birds (Posts: 975; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I'm not surprised. Even a cellphone with a single core 1ghz processor is fairly productive these days. Look at the first Xperia Arc.

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 07:04

2. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


I remember reading an interview at industrygamers.com long ago,
The guy said that PC or Notebook will always be present, only for heavy important tasks. It just that they will be less important like they was before this is so because with tablets or smartphones you can already perform the most basic tasks of your notebook.
For example, Many of my friends prefer browsing on the go with their smartphones.

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 07:44 1

3. thebikerboi2 (Posts: 144; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


Well that Does tend to happen when smartphones are the new main device in most of our lives

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 08:24 1

4. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I think pc will end up as a niche product.
just think of all the merging tendencies - products like Sony dot switch, android tv-s, air play- and count in the explosive development of hardware.
heck, a transformer prime 700 can already replace pc for most users.

but now imagine a tegra 4 smartphone, on a 5G network with unlimited data plan, running android jelly bean, hooked up wirelessly with your full hd tv, and a keyboard.
on android market there are million apps and thousands of high end games, ready for easiest download possible.
I for one, won't need pc when the above turns reality

posted on 08 Feb 2012, 07:18

5. dandare808 (Posts: 5; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)


Or is it just that most people replace their phone every 1-2 years but a pc only every 5-6 or longer!

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