Smartphone Industry Analysis, Trends, and Market Statistics
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Smart Phone Industry Analysis
Smartphone Industry Trends & Smartphone Market Statistics
This article presents smart phone industry analysis and outlines smartphone industry trends. Smartphone market statistics and forecasts for global and regional smartphone market demand are provided as well. The smartphone industry analysis concludes with a discussion on business opportunities for smartphone makers, telecomm service providers, telecomm equipment suppliers, and semiconductor chip manufacturers.
Smartphones are poised to become the information center and entertainment device of choice. Increasing adoption and usage of smartphones bodes well not only for smart phone makers but also for the wireless industry as a whole.
Smartphone Industry Trends - Smartphone Features.
Smartphones are more than mobile phones. A smartphone is a mobile phone with built-in functions of a personal digital assistant. Smartphones pack a diverse range of features and functionalities into the handset that makes them a mobile information center and entertainment device for the user.
A full-featured QWERTY-type keyboard, MP3 player, and Geo Positioning Systems capability are becoming common among higher-end smart phones. Instant messaging is a cool feature making its way into the mainstream.
Smartphone Industry Trends - Global Demand.
Smartphones represent a small, yet rapidly growing, segment of the handset market. According to Strategy Analytics, smartphone sales at 17.5 million units in 2004 accounted for 3% of the worldwide sales of 684 million handsets. However, this represents a significant jump from the 8.2 million units sold in 2003.
Smartphone Industry Trends - Regional Demands.
Adoption of smartphones has been particularly rapid in Asia and Europe. The aggressive deployment of advanced wireless networks in these regions has encouraged early adoption of smartphones.
Smartphone Industry Analysis - Smartphone Makers.
Nokia (NYSE: NOK) is by far the dominant global smartphone manufacturer. The Finnish company is currently estimated to command half to two-thirds share of the global smartphone market.
Nokia recently introduced its feature-rich Nokia 7710 smartphone in Europe and Africa. The wide-screen Nokia 7710 smartphone includes a full Internet browser, an integrated music player, a camera with 2x digital zoom, and a FM radio. One of the nifty features of the Nokia 7710 smartphone is its ability to make weblogging mobile. Users can post pictures and text from the Nokia 7710 smartphone directly to the web through the 'moblog' client.
Smartphone Industry Analysis - Business Opportunities.
The increasing adoption of smartphones augurs well not only for Nokia but also for the smartphone industry as a whole. Other smartphone manufacturers like palmOne (Nasdaq: PLMO) and Research In Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM). palmOne recently introduced the GSM edition of its Treo 650 smartphone. Research in Motion recently released the latest model in its BlackBerry 7100 series, the 7100g.
Smartphone Industry Analysis - Opportunities for Telecomm Service Providers.
Wireless service providers like Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) should see their average revenue per user being buffeted with increasing use of value-added services that smartphones enable.
Smartphone Industry Analysis - Opportunities of Telecomm Equipment Makers.
The increasing adoption and usage of smartphones will also require the rollout of 3G wireless networks in earnest, translating into business opportunities for wireless network equipment suppliers such as Ericsson (Nasdaq: ERICY) and smartphone semiconductor chip manufacturers like Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM) and Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN).
Sam Subramanian, PhD, MBA is Managing Principal of AlphaProfit Investments, LLC. Sam developed the ValuM™ Investment Process for managing investments. He edits the AlphaProfit Sector Investors' Newsletter™, a publication that discusses investments using Fidelity funds. For the 5 year period ending December 31, 2004, during which the Dow Jones Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index declined 6.9%, the AlphaProfit model portfolios increased by up to 186.2%, a compound average annual return of 23.4%.
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