The statement, ‘smartphones are taking over the world’ no longer describes a hypothetical scenario. According to a study conducted by ABI Research, by the end of this year, there will be a total of 1.4 billion smartphones in use. To put it in another way, that is more than the entire population of India (1.22 billion), which happens to be the second-most populated country in the world.
The study factors in an annual smartphone growth rate of 44 percent for the current year and states that of the 1.4 billion smartphones, 798 million will run Android, 294 million will run Apple’s iOS, and 45 million will run Windows Phone. It also predicts that the user base for the newly launched BlackBerry 10 will touch the 20 million mark. In terms of market share, Android will be leading with 57 percent, iOS with 21 percent and 3 percent for Windows Phone.
Analyst Aapo Markkanen signs off by saying, “2013 should be seen as a relative success for both Microsoft and BlackBerry. For the end of the year, we expect there to be 45 million Windows Phone handsets in use, with BlackBerry 10 holding an installed base of close to 20 million. Microsoft will also have 5.5 million Windows-powered tablets to show for it.”
Markkanen has also predicted a strong growth-rate for the tablet market. Growing at a staggering rate of 125 percent, there will be about 268 million tablets in use, of which 62 percent will iOS and 28 percent will run Android.