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Mobile Handsets And Smartphones


Mobile Handsets And Smartphones

When you look at mobile phone statistics, you notice an interesting anomaly: The number of subscriptions is always higher than the actual number of users. A case in point is Ericsson’s forecast of mobile phone subscriptions of 9.4 billion for 2019 which will be well above the world population of 7.6 billion projected for that year.

Smartphone penetration for 2019 will be 60 percent of the total subscriptions. Smartphones will be pervasive in developed economies and will have widely penetrated the developing world.


The Smartphone Market
By definition, a smartphone is a mobile phone with an operating system. Android leads the mobile OS market with several mobile phone manufacturers producing smartphones based on the OS. Android is followed closely by iOS, the operating system for iPhone. Microsoft’s Windows OS is a distant third but is trying to catch up.

Market Analyst does not expect any significant changes in the market position of the OS players over the next five years. In terms of market share Android and Windows are likely to gain incremental increases in their shares at the expense of iOS.


The Smartphone Market