Saturday, October 20, 2012

Just How Many Folks Own Smart Phones (mobile computing)?

The number of smartphones in use has surpassed one billion.

It means around one in seven  people has a smart phone and the figure could double in as little as three more years, according to experts.

The figure is even more remarkable considering the relatively short period in which the market has grown.

Smart phones were introduced in 1996 but needed fast digital networks to make them viable. 

Five years ago Apple launched the iPhone and revolutionised the market, not only boosting sales of its own brand but also that of rivals such as Samsung.

Wanting to be connected to the internet via a mobile is driving sales, said research specialists Strategy Analytics. 
Spokesman Scott Bicheno said: ‘Apple revolutionised smartphone design and it catalysed industry growth. 
'Since then the market has become a fierce battleground.’

Apple sold more than five million of its new iPhones in three days when it was launched in September.
Fans of the brand flocked to shops to get their hands on its newest bit of kit when it went on sale.

In London almost 1,300 people queued outside Apple’s flagship store in Regent Street, while some camped at the company’s shop in Covent Garden for up to a week to be at the front of the queue.

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