Recent articles have reported tablets are outshipping PCs. Well, smartphones, for the first time ever, will surpass feature phone shipments this year, stressing the demand for affordable, mobile computing devices with big data.
Smartphones are projected to reach approximately 958 million units shipped, which is a 32.7% increase from last years 722 million units. Barely outshipping feature phones, smartphones will account for 52.2% of all mobile phone shipments by the end of 2013.
Cost, or lack there of, is a major factor in the smartphone market growth. Cheaper smartphones are gaining momentum, as prices drop from $407 to $372 just this year. Future forecasts show smartphone prices to go down to $309 by 2017.
Apple and Samsung have grasped the idea of cheaper smartphones. Nokia, however, is still clenching onto feature phone productions and can’t seem to let go. Nokia must speed up its low-end smartphone roll-outs right now to stay with the market competition.
Ryan Reith from IDC, a global market research firm, explained “these are markets where average personal income is far less than in developed markets, and therefore vendors have been forced to create smartphone computing experiences for the low end of the market.”
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