Smartphones shipments overtake PC’s for first time

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Global shipments of smartphones increase to 488 million compared to 414.6 million PC’s

Global shipments of smartphones surpassed those of PCs for the first time last year according to new figures released by technology analysts Canalys.

In total 488 million smartphones, were shipped throughout the year compared to 414.6 million PCs.

Google’s Android platform accounted for 49 per cent of smartphones shipped in 2011, followed by Apple’s IOS with 19 per cent and Nokia’s Symbian with 16 per cent.

In total 237.8 million Android devices were shipped in 2011 an increase of 244 per cent on 2010.

Canalys said the rise of Android was thanks largely to Samsung shipping 91.9 million devices last year as well as other manufacturers such as Huawei, LG, Sony Ericsson and HTC adopting the platform.

The difference between smartphones and PCs would have been far greater did PC shipments not include tablets, which accounted for 15 per cent or 6.2 million of total PC units.

In the last quarter of 2011 vendors shipped 158.5 million smartphones alone – a rise of 57 per cent from the 101.2 million shipped in the same period in 2010.

Canalys vice president and principal analyst Chris Jones said despite pushing up the amount of units shipped, the growing demand for tablets had contributed strongly to falling PC numbers along with the availability of cheaper smartphones.

“In 2011 we saw a fall in demand for netbooks, and slowing demand for notebooks and desktops as a direct result of rising interest in pads,” Jones said.

“Smart phone shipments overtaking those of client PCs should be seen as a significant milestone.The greater availability of smart phones at lower price points has helped tremendously, but there has been a driving trend of increasing consumer appetite for Internet browsing, content consumption and engaging with apps and services on mobile devices.”

Despite a bumper 2011, Canalys said it expected smartphone shipments to slow as vendors looked to exercise greater cost control and discipline and focus more on profitability.

This will also include manufacturers who have traditionally focused on the low end of the market such as ZTE and Huawei which will concentrate on higher end devices and selling prices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smartphones shipments overtake PC’s for first time

 

Global shipments of smartphones increase to 488 million compared to 414.6 million PC’s

 

 

Global shipments of smartphones surpassed those of PCs for the first time last year according to new figures released by technology analysts Canalys.

 

In total 488 million smartphones, were shipped throughout the year compared to 414.6 million PCs.

 

Google’s Android platform accounted for 49 per cent of smartphones shipped in 2011, followed by Apple’s IOS with 19 per cent and Nokia’s Symbian with 16 per cent.

 

In total 237.8 million Android devices were shipped in 2011 an increase of 244 per cent on 2010.

 

Canalys said the rise of Android was thanks largely to Samsung shipping 91.9 million devices last year as well as other manufacturers such as Huawei, LG, Sony Ericsson and HTC adopting the platform.

 

The difference between smartphones and PCs would have been far greater did PC shipments not include tablets, which accounted for 15 per cent or 6.2 million of total PC units.

 

In the last quarter of 2011 vendors shipped 158.5 million smartphones alone – a rise of 57 per cent from the 101.2 million shipped in the same period in 2010.

 

Canalys vice president and principal analyst Chris Jones said despite pushing up the amount of units shipped, the growing demand for tablets had contributed strongly to falling PC numbers along with the availability of cheaper smartphones.

 

“In 2011 we saw a fall in demand for netbooks, and slowing demand for notebooks and desktops as a direct result of rising interest in pads,” Jones said.

 

“Smart phone shipments overtaking those of client PCs should be seen as a significant milestone.The greater availability of smart phones at lower price points has helped tremendously, but there has been a driving trend of increasing consumer appetite for Internet browsing, content consumption and engaging with apps and services on mobile devices.”

 

Despite a bumper 2011, Canalys said it expected smartphone shipments to slow as vendors looked to exercise greater cost control and discipline and focus more on profitability.

 

This will also include manufacturers who have traditionally focused on the low end of the market such as ZTE and Huawei which will concentrate on higher end devices and selling prices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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