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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40 Percent of all U.S. Mobile Users have Smartphones, 40 Percent of those are Android

These research statistics are always interesting. In the above image you’ll see that 40% of mobile users in the U.S. over 18 have smartphones, according to Nielsen data from July 2011. We also have data showing that Android is again on top, taking 40% of these smartphone users with Apple coming in next at 28%. Wow Apple, you’re almost tied with RIM at this point.

It’s also reported that those who said they are likely to get a new smartphone within the next year, about one third said they want an iPhone while another third said they will be grabbing an Android loaded device. In a group named “innovators”, or those usually first to embrace new technologies, Android led the pack as the “Next Desired OS” with 40% going to Android and 32% to iOS. More after the break.

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