The smartphone industry is expanding at frightening rates

The smartphone industry is expanding at frightening rates
The smartphone industry's rapid adoption seems to be going on and on and, at least for the time being, the end of this growth is not on the horizon. This is not much of a news itself, but taking a closer look at the picture reveals some impressive stats that give a hint where the industry as a whole is going. According to ABI Research, the raw figures are as follows – of all mobile devices shipped in Q2 of 2010, 19% are smartphones and that in turn means this is a 12% growth compared to Q1 of the same year and 50% increase between Q2 2009 and Q2 2010. Michael Morgan, a senior analyst for mobile devices at ABI Research, states that this is only the beginning: "I am predicting an all-time record high for the third quarter numbers." Impressive stuff indeed.

But that's not all. With the mini-revolution that's slowly unfolding right before our eyes in the hardware sector and with all the software improvements going on, things are bound to go up and up. That's without mentioning some major factors – like Microsoft spending a billion to stage their comeback Windows Phone 7 platform or the persistently-rumoured Verizon-branded Apple iPhone that's expected some time early 2011.

Why is that so important?
It's of paramount importance, because there is no place for everyone and the battle of the mobile operating systems will be a matter of life and death for most of the companies in the smartphone business. Most of the observers tend to agree that "it needs to boil down to three or perhaps four key operating systems."

Where the things stand at present with the mobile operating systems?
In the USA, the leading smartphone platforms at the moment are Research in Motion's BlackBerry OS with 37.6%, followed by Apple's iOS and Google's Android with 24.2% and 19.6% respectively. The momentum is with Android, while Apple continues to make quite a few dollars with their devices and these two operating systems are seen by Mr. Morgan as major players: "Right now there are two key platforms: iOS and Android."
However, it would be naive to underestimate the other potential players. The fact is that Microsoft poured a billion into their newly-released Windows Phone 7 and recently HP acquired Palm with the Palm Pre 2 and webOS 2.0 soon to hit the market. Only time can reveal how Windows Phone 7 and webOS 2.0 will fare, but one thing is certain – they will be in the OS race.

Apple was firing on all cylinders in Q2 of 2010 with 8.4 million shipments, of which 3 million were iPhone 4 units released only a few weeks prior to the end of the quarter. Even more unbelievable is that they managed to record a growth of 68% in Q3 compared to Q2.
Another manufacturer who is doing quite well is HTC. So well, actually, that the Taiwanese-based vendor is now among the top 10 biggest cell phone makers. This is a fairytale story of a far-off land manufacturer creating devices for other companies that nowadays impresses the world with its stellar-looking devices.

The obvious conclusion is that we're in the middle of a revolution with smartphone shipments increasing on a daily basis. That growth is sure to expand and with all the advancements going on in the hardware and the software departments, things look certain to get only better and better both for regular customers and from a technological point of view.

What are your thoughts on the smartphone industry's path? How far it will go in the next few years and what technologies you would like to see most in the new smartphones? We here at PhoneArena would love to hear what you think on these fundamental for any smartphone-lover questions.

source: Mobilemarketer via Mediapost



1. evoceo unregistered

Home remote automation, tablets taking over laptops, tv networks on all Smartphones, automobile activation thru smartphones and bigger bills on our monthly phone bills due to date plans per unit rather than one plan for the family!! Defines the term the more you pay the more you will get!!!

2. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

great great i get it phones are better and better by the day... but it aint helping us colonize other planets, we aint driving magnetic hover skiffs, we cant make food from air or zero air (for space purposes).... what real advances are taking place? FB? whoo. social hubs so we can hack our personalities to hell. if only we could make other advances as fast as the PHONE! lol maybe there will be an apps to get us to Mars. damn...

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

phone grew rapidly, I was totally doubting wen SE said that long ago, as they said "we have the technology, but... are the users ready?" i blame apple for opening the mobile Pandora box of mobile goodness :'D I was personally hoping Symbian and SE/Nokia were the ones who would open it, but i have to say I'm happy with the outcome somewhat, sometimes wen i look i my old P990I, i still find it hard to believe they have grown so much in so little

8. underwood2012

Posts: 61; Member since: Sep 12, 2009

@messiah Our phones have advanced so much, but I see your grammar and punctuation has not exceeded that of a sixth grader? Please, there are schools for a reason.

3. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I think it will ultimately come down to iOS, Android, and Blackberry OS. I have absolutely no faith that HP Palm will be able to convince people they are worth their time. Especially with the Palm Pre 2...which looks and sounds entirely too much like the first Palm Pre. Windows Phone 7 looks amazing, but the Palm Pre looked amazing when it came out and people were too preoccupied with iOS and Android to care. Microsoft has to not only convince people they are relavant, but make them forget their Windows Mobile 5 and 6 phones...I am just not convinced that Verizon is going to push WP7 more than Android (especially with them dissing it earlier this year). AT&T probably will try a marketing blitz, but let's be honest, folks will walk in still wanting the iPhone. I do feel bad for the folks who are going to be stuck with these dead phones. Like all those folks who purchased the NuviPhone and the GarminPhone. They are stuck with those phones for the next two years...and the phones just came out...already abandoned.

4. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

well I might be dreaming too hight but I think phones will replace computer (at least for the standard user), we might see new adoptions that will give the phones optional screens that will give them more visual power, like some sort of multimedia station, phones might as well become credit cards, way for getting paid... who knows what else, phones have the 70^7 exponential power , I'm sure of one thing for sure, they will not go back to been tools just used for calling

6. funtoosh unregistered

In all this, you would still need a human to start / stop / restart machines, right..hahahahahaha......And most importantly pay bills. Unless companies make everything free or low affordable prices, you will not hit majority of world population. High end devices are sold cheaply because they do not sell well. (Companies do sometimes show volume of sales but hate to show volume of returns). Smartphones and gadgets will only be used by top 25% of population who already have tons of money in their bank. Not to mention the fact that fights between telecom companies, networks, data towers, device manufacturing companies will come into play as quality of products will keep degrading down. Who wants a device which is 1% faster in loading webpages than another device? Nobody. But manufacturers will fight each other to speed up their devices, add more features, etc. Ohhh and about apps, who wants apps when they can do same thing on websites. All apps will be reproduced on all OS (If windows and android merge, they will be No. 1, so please do not compete each other, just merge). Also, add to this lifestyle, if lifestyle change, so does needs. 10 years ago , devices which do E-mail became very popular. (Blackberry). Then SMS, Text messages, internet, VOIP, bank credit/debit cards, etc. tomorrow..... video conferencing, voice chats, 3D, information exchange, electronic conversion (soft copy) of everything like bar code scanner, card readers, face readers, face recognition, So, what I am saying saying if lifestyle changes, so will smartphone requirements and so next 10-20 years will be extremely busy for smartphones, Sky is limit. There will be no saturation limit. All I am saying do everything in peace and harmony and do not fight and compete each other. Make all wishes come true for everybody and bring Heaven to Earth. Do not develop Skynet (machines) and head towards doomsday. So , make more quality devices only, do not kill yourself in the process. Make them affordable. Make all wishes come true for everybody, make life easy and busy so that people can have fun. All this will reduce crime in one way but also increase other fraud, which will all together another topic to discuss.

7. drewsadik unregistered

how about WINDOWS PHONE 7 v.s ANDROID video?

9. underwood2012

Posts: 61; Member since: Sep 12, 2009

I absolutely love RIM and their BlackBerry OS, so I can see how the BlackBerry OS is number one in the United States, but they need to catch up with the times. Their 624 Mhz processors will not cut it in this world anymore. They need to do what Microsoft is doing, set the minimum requirements for their OS. I know they have the phone made themselves, but come on, they are just getting by with what they are putting out now.

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