Worldwide annual shipments of smartphones are expected to triple over the next five years to reach 153.5 million by 2010, according to research by Informa Telecoms & Media.
This will represent 17.4 per cent of all handsets sold that year, an increase on the seven per cent share for 2005 figures.
Report author Dr Malik Saadi, said: “In Europe, low-end smartphones are already popular through devices such as the SPV and the Motorola MPX220.”
“High-end smartphone shipments were relatively slow on the uptake, mainly due to the European market being viewed as one that is not heavily entrenched in PDAs. This contrasts starkly with the North American market.”
European sales of smartphones currently account for 41 per cent of this market in 2005, with 42.3 million units shipped in the year, though market share is forecast to drop to only 36 per cent in 2010 (147.3 million units will be shipped).
Europe will retain the lead in market share, though Asia-Pacific is expected
consolidate the second spot over the period, with expectations that it will overtake the European market sometime soon after 2010. Asia-Pacific will see its share move from 28 per cent in 2005, to 31.5 per cent by 2010.
The report, entitled ‘Mobile Application Platforms and Operating Systems’ can be found here.
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