In the next five years, the nature of cell phones will
change radically, reports In-Stat. Increasing
availability of mobile broadband, operator support for data-intensive devices,
and improvements in usability for mobile devices brought about by the influence
of the Apple iPhone will evolve the designs of handheld devices, the high-tech
market research and consultancy firm says.
"Consumers are nearing their
limits adjusting to the added complexity of converged devices," says David
Chamberlain, In-Stat analyst. "Feature proliferation is impinging on usability.
Handset vendors and mobile operators must carefully evaluate the drive toward
increasingly converged devices with features and functions that add direct value
Recent research by In-Stat found the following:
The research, "Future Cell
Phones: Diverging the Converged Device 2008-2012" (#IN0804044WH), covers the
worldwide market for cellular devices. It includes in-depth consumer research
based on the results of ongoing consumer surveys, conducted primarily in North
America reflecting changes in attitudes toward a number of handset features and
functions. In addition, there are recommendations for dealing with the
increasing complexity in cell phones that is increasing costs without
substantially increasing value to end-users.
will become increasingly available in handsets; In-Stat forecasts more than 300
million Wi-Fi-enabled cell phones will be sold in 2012.
- Annual smartphone
sales will double over the next five years.
- By 2012, annual sales of
handsets able to receive video content will exceed a half-billion.
- According to a survey of over 1,500 individuals from In-Stat's technology
adoption panel, almost 60% of respondents indicate some level of interest or
already use Wi-Fi for VoIP using a cell phone.
The report also includes
forecasts for handset attach rates of:
As well as smartphones such as the Apple
iPhone, Research in Motion BlackBerry, Palm, Symbian, and Windows Mobile.
- GPS and navigation
- Broadcast TV receivers
The price is $3,495 (US).
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