Smartphones are selling in huge numbers: Shipments triple in numbers
People want the latest tech features in the devices they carry around. The fact is proved by the reports which says that the shipment of the smartphones have tripled in the last couple of months. The latest studies posted by the company Canalys claim that Smart mobile devices are surpassing the growth in the overall mobile market.
The shipments of these smartphones and wireless handhelds grew from 3.6 million in the first half of 2004 to 9.6 million in the first half of 2005. These figures represent a growth of 170 percent year-on-year rise in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) market. Canalys analyst Rachel Lashford said in a statement: “The smart part has more than doubled in proportion, from 3.2 percent of the total cellular device market in the first half of 2004, to 7.5 percent a year later.â€
Market experts believe that this improved growth is due to two main factors. First is the fact that people continue to upgrade their mobile phones and the smartphones are the best in class when features and capabilities are considered. In addition, corporate users prefer to stay connected to their company networks while on the move and smartphones are capable of providing this facility.
The research of the company also showed that just under 80 percent of the smartphones shipped in EMEA in the first half of 2005 were Series 60, keypad-based handsets. Nokiaâ€™s keyboard-oriented Series 80 models accounted for 13 percent of the phones.