The world is entering an era of smartphones. Proved for the first time ever,smartphone shipments exceeded PC shipments consisting of desktop, laptop andtablet. This was revealed in the research research firm Canalys. Total shipments ofsmartphones in 2011 reached 488 million units. While PC shipments under it, the415 million units. Smartphone shipments to grow 62.7% in 2011 compared to 2010.
"Shipments of smartphones exceeded PC to be viewed as a significant milestone.Only in recent years, the smartphone segment grew from just a high end nicheproduct into a mass product," said Chris Jones, Canalys analysts.
From the operating system, Android became the supreme with a market share of48.8% in 2011. IOS followed by 19.1%, 16.4% Symbian, BlackBerry 10.5%, 13.2%Bada and Windows Phone 1.4%.
Apple became the largest smartphone vendor by shipments, amounting to 93.1million units. Followed by Samsung with 91.9 million units. Just that Canalys notcount Nexus handset sales because it is not purely made by Samsung.
"In 2011, we saw demand fall slowing demand for netbooks and notebooks anddesktops due to the increased interest in the tablet. But the tablet is only a littleimpact on volume shipments of smartphones," said Jones who quoted Updatec.com fromPCMag.