More than a billion smartphones will be shipped worldwide in 2016
A new report from Juniper Research predicts that one billion smartphones will be shipped in 2016, up from 302 million last year. That’s more than a 230% increase.
It means that smartphones will have overtaken feature phones, with ‘economy’ smartphones - devices with a retail price of no more than $150 (around £93) - accounting for nearly a third of the shipments in five years’ time. The Android operating system is expected to be a key part of this lower-price growth.
Daniel Ashdown, who wrote the report, said “In developed markets, many consumers will want to upgrade from a feature phone to a smartphone, but still pay a feature phone price. In emerging markets though, lower average consumer spending power and lack of operator subsidies will make a low price point essential”.
Last quarter, Apple sold 2.6 iPhones every second of every day, 24/7. They also sold 1.4 iPads each second also. And depending on who you listen to, Android phones are supposedly overtaking iPhones. Either way, if you combine droid and apple phones that is a lot of phones being sold every second.
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