Smartphone Sales Will Nearly Double PCs This Year and Reach 1.5 Billion in 2016

More bad news for PC makers. Business Insider Intelligence released their latest forecast of global smartphone sales, and the numbers are staggering. Recently, smartphone sales surpassed PC sales for the first time, and this year smartphone sales will nearly double PC sales. More amazing, however, is that BI Intelligence predicts that by the year 2016, smartphones will exceed 1.5 billion units sold worldwide.

For comparison, last year there were only 350 million PCs sold, and the total number of mobile phone handsets sold (smart AND dumb) totaled 1.7 billion. Right now, smartphones make up only 10% of all handsets sold. As prices decline, nearly 5 billion existing dumb phones will be getting replaced by smartphones.

The following chart speaks for itself.

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Confirmed: Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich Slated for December Release

For those of you in the US that have been waiting to get your taste of Ice Cream Sandwich on the Galaxy Nexus, your journey is drawing closer to an end. If you were expecting a Black Friday or November release however, you will be disappointed. The Galaxy Nexus on Verizon has been confirmed for a December release. This is no rumor as the folks over at Business Insider have received confirmation straight from Samsung.  While it’s confirmed for December, pricing and an exact release date are still up in the air.  It could be that Verizon is trying to hash out some issues with the phone, and testing it thoroughly on their networks to avoid some of the issues that people are having with the phone already.

With this announcement though, it appears that the December 8th launch has a little more weight to it, and for those of you that are patiently waiting, it appears that your patience is about to be rewarded. For those of you who were holding out for this phone or deciding on another, how does this affect your decision?

[via Business Insider]