Smartphones will continue to proliferate around the world in 2012 according to new projections released by Taiwan’s Marketing Intelligence & Consulting Institute. While 2011 was supposed to be the year of the tablet, most slates fizzled while just a few models found success in the emerging market segment. Meanwhile, smartphone sales continued to balloon last year. MIC estimates that global smartphone shipments reached about 452 million units in 2011, with Android having captured 46% of the smartphone market. The firm believes shipments will grow 35.8% to 614 million units in 2012, and Android’s market share will grow to 50% compared to Apple’s 19%. MIC also believes Microsoft’s smartphone share will climb to 13% this year. Read on for more. More →
Taiwan-based Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute expects roughly 360 million combined personal computers and media tablets to ship in 2011, Taiwan Economic News reports. MIC sees PC shipments growing 6.6% over 2010 to land at more than 320 million units this year, and it thinks shipments of media tablets like Apple’s iPad 2ill w exceed 48 million units in 2011, up 198% from 2010. MIC senior industry analyst Chris Wei notes that the improving global economy and replacement PC purchases in the enterprise market would be largely responsible for this year’s growth. Needham & Company analyst Charlie Wolf recently estimated that Apple would ship 30 million iPad tablets in 2011, but the company will likely far exceed that figure if tablet shipments are indeed to surpass 48 million units as MIC predicts. More →
According to Chang Chi, the deputy head of Taiwan-based Market Intelligence Center, Windows Phone will have a 17% grip on the smartphone market next year. Chi said that Android’s share of the market in 2011 is 38%, followed by Symbian (23%), and iOS (18%). However, he expects Android’s market share to grow 2% next year, iOS to increase to a 19% share, and Windows Phone to skyrocket to a 17% share of the market. Chi also expects that HTC will surpass RIM and become the fourth largest smartphone maker in the world. Research firm IDC recently published a similar report that suggested Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system will be the No. 2 platform by 2015, surpassing both iOS and BlackBerry. More →
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