The number of smartphones being sold around the world now exceeds sales for laptops, according to In-Stat. And this will continue for some time, as this market research firm predicts that sales of smartphones will grow at more than a 30% compound annual growth rate for the next five years.
This will come through rapidly increasing sales of all the mobile operating systems, with one notable exception. In-Stat predicts that all smartphone operating systems other than the Palm OS will grow at double digits each year until at least 2012..
Much of this growth will result from individuals and companies buying smartphone as laptop replacements.
The full text of this report, “Smartphones 2007: The ARPU Generation Machine”, can be purchased from the In-Stat web site.