-- Nielsenreports that 31 percent of U.S. mobile phone owners had a smartphone as of December 2010, andthe research firm expects smartphones to become the predominant mobile device by the end of this year.
-- According to figures released by consulting firm Gartner, smartphones accounted for 297 million (19 percent) of the 1.6 billion mobile phones sold globally in 2010; that's 72 percent more smartphone sales than in 2009.
-- Gartner also expects U.S. sales of smartphones to grow from 67 million in 2010 to 95 million in 2011, and become the highest-selling consumer electronic device category.
-- Morgan Stanley Researchestimates sales of smartphones will exceed those of PCs in 2012.
-- On the tablet front, Apple sold 15 million first-generation iPads in 2010, but research firm iSuppli projects that through the end of 2012, Apple will sell more than 120 million iPads worldwide.
May 1, 2011
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