Market research company GfK RT released a report on Monday that revealed this simple fact: the British love smartphones. According to GfK’s June figures, smartphones are growing steadily in the UK and now make up 73.5% of the contract market; up from 55% in Q1 2010. Android is also exploding in the UK growing over 350% from 3% of the contract market share in Q1 2010 to 13.5% market share in Q2 2010. With the iPhone 4 and the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S now available in the UK, look for these numbers to steadily increase throughout the rest of the year.
According to a Taiwanese market research firm, shipments of Taiwan’s smartphone integrated circuits are exploding due to an unexpected increase in iPhone 3GS sales. Based upon supply chain analysis, Market Intelligence and Consulting Institute predicts that Apple will sell a record-breaking 10 million iPhones in this current quarter alone, a modest increase over the record 7.4 million units sold in the previous quarter. With global sales of the iPhone continuing to increase, this tiara-wearing, digitally clueless beauty queen and its parent company are laughing all the way to the bank.
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Just in case the current economic climate didn’t tip you off, Gartner has issued new predictions for PC sales in 2009 and things don’t look good. You don’t say? According to the firm, the PC market is in for its sharpest decline ever in 2009 with sales expected to drop a massive 11.9 percent. Should Gartner’s prediction be accurate, the PC business is in for a decline nearly three times its current record slide of 3.2 percent in 2001. Insights from George Shiffler, research director at Gartner:
The PC industry is facing extraordinary conditions as the global economy continues to weaken, users stretch PC lifetimes and PC suppliers grow increasingly cautious.
The firm sees laptop sales rising around 9 percent year-over-year in 2009 while progress in the portable department is offset, and then some, by a steep 32 percent drop off in desktop sales. Gartner also predicts a 10.4 percent sales decline in emerging markets which saw an 11.1 percent growth in its prior worst year, 2002. Long story short, 2008 was bleak and 2009 is shaping up to be even worse.