Skip to comments.Smartphone Shipments to Reach 1.7 billion in 2017 and Android to Dominate as OS
Posted on 05/07/2012 9:44:26 AM PDT by bigbob
Smartphones will outperform the overall market for mobile phones, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.9% for the period 201117 to reach 1.7 billion units, according to Ovum. Predictions show Android as the dominant operating system over the next five years as handset vendors rush to make it their primary smartphone platform.
In its latest forecast*, the leading telecoms analyst house reveals global annual mobile phone shipments will grow at a CAGR of 6.3% between 2011 and 2017, driven primarily by demand from emerging markets where connection growth will continue to fuel handset shipments. New shipments in developed markets, such as North America and Western Europe, will be almost entirely made up of smartphones, while feature phones will continue to play a small role in emerging markets in 2017.
Android will dominate the smartphone market over the next five years, said Adam Leach, principal analyst at Ovum. While Apple has defined the smartphone market since it introduced the iPhone in 2007, were now seeing a sharp rise in the shipment volumes of Android, signaling its appeal to leading handset manufacturers.
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Apple deserves credit for innovation and for developing the smartphone market, but will drop to a strong #2 position over the next five years. The projection for Windows Phone is credible, Microsoft will not go away quietly - however, I will be surprised if RIM can actually hold onto 10% share, especially with Motorola Mobility now giving Google a hardware as well as a software platform.
I like Android just fine, but it isn’t a stretch to assume these companies store all user data including location and profit from the massive invasion of privacy. Not to mention we tolerate the Federal Government doing it to every citizen.
Wife and I just ditched our iPhones this weekend for Android - Samsung Captivate Glides. We wanted the slide out keyboard (hate the on screen ones) and we wanted to get out from under Apple’s WE CONTROL EVERYTHING Tenticles.
Two days with the new phones and I am already 10 times happier and am enjoying being able to configure everything the way I want it to be instead of being told I can’t do it that way. (also the reason I don’t want a Windows Phone)
Nokia’s toast...will be fodder for the biz school analysts for decades.
I haven’t gotten into the smart phone market yet. I am concerned about the amount of control that Apple, Google, etc has over content. What made you get the Android phone, and does the new Google terms & conditions bother you?
I don’t doubt that Android has a good chance at taking over market share, mostly on low-end devices. I don’t think it stands a significant chance of topping Apple for profit, though.
My brother-in-law goaded me into getting a smart phone, but I acknowledge Google basically has full access to my life and Hell Yeah, there terms and conditions bother me. I plan to fully end my use in the future..the technological convenience is a huge benefit, but giving them full access to your life in enchange is too high a cost. I don’t want to do a rendition of Patrick Henry, but this is a chilling invasion of our daily lives. I’m about to wear my tin foil hat with pride.
I recently decided to upgrade to a 21st Century smart phone. I don’t really like proprietary systems and was much more inclined to go with with a Droid phone. However, after much study and kicking the tires at Best Buy, I bought the Apple iphone 4s instead. I thought the interface was simpler to figure out, and from what I read, more stable. When I’m in the mood for experimental, I’ll play with Linux, but my phone has to be as simple and solid as possible. So far, no regrets.
I see these items as convenient self held tracking devices for government tracking of individuals. People are willingly letting themselves be tracked 24/7 anytime an entity wants to know populace movement. I don’t need one, I don’t want one and I will never use one. My desk top computer and laptop are all I am willing to have them track me by. Yes I do carry an emergency cell phone (cheapest one and phone only) but I never turn it on, as it is for emergencies only and I’ve haven’t had one so far.
I may keep my BB as a relic, a museum piece for children to look at through the glass and say, “Daddy, what is a trackball?”
When this phone dies, my only concern is that I can get Texas Holdem on the next. I’ve won like $60M in fake money, it kind of makes me feel like a bigshot Iphone 4s owner. Ah, a boy can dream...
Heard Obama was issuing Biden a “Smart Phone” to improve his odds......
I waited a long time to get a phone without a keyboard. I saw someones galaxy II that had key swipe on it.
I was nervous about having to type on a screen and never had any luck doing it. With key swipe you have a keyboard image on the screen and you just touch the first letter and swipe to each letter in the word, when you are done you raise your finger off the keyboard and that is is. It is also pretty good at figuring out which word you mean if you miss some of the letters.
I still have my motorola m200 with the slide out keyboard for a back up line but, it looks so funny now when I use it. Everything is so small.
Congratulations on finding a phone you like.
This summer I will be purchasing a Samsung III Galaxy to replace my Blackberry Torch.
Where are you getting it?
Last year, I finally gave up and got a different phone when the Galaxy 2 was delayed until the late fall.
“I recently decided to upgrade to a 21st Century smart phone. I dont really like proprietary systems and was much more inclined to go with with a Droid phone. However, after much study and kicking the tires at Best Buy, I bought the Apple iphone 4s instead. I thought the interface was simpler to figure out, and from what I read, more stable. When Im in the mood for experimental, Ill play with Linux, but my phone has to be as simple and solid as possible. So far, no regrets.”
The iPhone is the class of the industry, but it’s good Android is there to keep pushing Apple to bring out better products. Everyone benefits from competition.
If you’re after simple, stable and elegant, you can’t beat an iPhone. Not to mention that all the apps will work on your particular phone. ;-)
From AT&T. It is supposed to be out in the US in June or July.