The ubiquity of smartphones is rather amazing since they just did not exist at all a very short time ago. Another remark-worthy fact is that the U.S. has fewer of them per capita than many nations overseas.
Now to hear about a possible increase by half in another year is also impressive. For those of us doing ed tech, this is abellwether we need to keep in mind with every tool we make or consider, “will it work on a handheld?”
Market research firm IDC predicts that the smartphone market will grow 49.2% in 2011, due to an increasing number of users who will replace feature phones with smartphones.
The report goes hand in hand with a recent study, also by IDC, which predicts that the number of mobile app downloads will grow from 10.9 billion in 2010 to 76.9 billion in 2014.
What do you think about these predictions by IDC? Can Windows Phone 7 reach second place on the market by 2015? Please, share your opinions in the comments.