Analyst Ramon Llamas from research group IDC released a report recently, indicating that smartphones have finally overtaken PC sales world-wide. Globally, there were 100.9 million smart phones shipped in the last quarter of 2010. This was an 87 percent jump from the previous year. PC shipments only gained a marginal 3 percent to 92.1 million, which was much weaker than analysts expected.
Yahoo! News had this to say,It's important to note the report also indicates these two events aren't directly linked as smartphones may perform some of the same tasks as PCs, yet PCs still perform functions that a smartphone cannot, like writing papers or editing photos and video. Furthermore, people tend to upgrade their phones more often than PCs simply because it is easier and cheaper to do so more often.Smart phone sales are also getting a push from growing interest in Google Inc.'s Android software, which powers dozens of phones made by HTC Corp., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. and others.
"Android continues to gain by leaps and bounds, helping to drive the smart phone market," Llamas said.
Still, it seems the lines between variant technologies continue to be "blurred" and eventually we will see a massive convergence. What sort of different devices would you guys like to see 'merged together'?
Source: Yahoo! News