According to IDC, in the fourth quarter of 2010 smartphones outdid personal computers in units shipped for the first time. With an estimated 101 million smartphones shipped against 92 million PCs, the smartphone market is outdoing full-sized computers both in absolute terms and in yearly growth, up 87.2% from 2009 where the more mature PC market grew a mere 5.5%. The mobile phone market as a whole grew 17.9%.
IDC believes the worldwide mobile phone market will be driven largely by smartphone growth through the end of 2014. “Feature phone users looking to do more with their devices will flock to smartphones in the years ahead,” noted Restivo. “This trend will help to drive the smartphone sub-market to grow 43.7% year over year in 2011.”
A synopsis of the report can be read for free at IDC here.
via Reg Hardware.