Smartphones with touch-screens will overwhelmingly dominate the market by 2016, according to a new report from ABI Research.
an all-touch-screen world, at least when it comes to smartphones.
prediction of a new report from ABI Research, which suggests that 97 percent of
all smartphones will feature touch-screens by 2016. Compare that to the 7
percent of touch-screen-equipped smartphones in 2006, and you have some idea of
the incredible popularity behind the form factor.
"It was the
evolution of screen and touch technologies that triggered the [smartphone]
market's rapid growth," claimed a note accompanying the Aug. 26 report. "The
more economical resistive touch technology has been almost universally replaced
in smartphones with the more elegant projected capacitive technology that was
first introduced in mobile phones through the iPhone."
touch-based technologies are now more accessible to cheaper devices, increasing
market penetration. "Low-cost capacitive touch controllers that use just a
single layer of sensors instead of two, and save as much as 30 [percent] on the
cost, are opening the market for lower-end feature phones," Kevin Burden, vice
president of mobile devices for ABI Research, wrote in the note. "And
e-readers, which are the most fragmented device category in both display and
touch technology, now have options that not only enable finger touch, but are
at a cost that could standardize the segment's displays."
Gartner suggested in a recent research note that Google Android leads with 43.4
percent of the global smartphone market, followed by Nokia's Symbian with 22.1
percent, Apple iOS with 18.2 percent, RIM's BlackBerry franchise with 11.7
percent, Bada-a mobile OS developed by Samsung-with 1.9 percent, and Microsoft
with 1.6 percent.
Symbian have faced significant market-share declines over the past year,
according to third-party analysts. Nokia has agreed to abandon Symbian and
another mobile operating system, MeeGo, in favor of Windows Phone. Those
Microsoft-powered devices are expected by the end of 2011, but it remains an
open question whether the new platform will halt or reverse the Finnish
company's market slide.
sales continued to rise at the expense of feature phones," Roberta Cozza, an
analyst at Gartner, wrote in an Aug. 11 statement. "Consumers in mature markets
are choosing entry-level and midrange Android smartphones over feature phones,
partly due to carriers' and manufacturers' promotions."
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