How smartphones are driving mobile markets

December 29th, 2008 - 6:19 pm ICT by ANI  

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London, Dec 29 (ANI): High-end phone lovers were spoilt for choice in 2008, as the year saw the launch of iconic devices like the iPhone 3G, Google G1, Blackberry Storm and Nokia N97, which in turn had a huge impact on mobile markets.

The last 12 months have also seen the emergence of the electronic ecosystems needed to get the most out of such handsets.

However, the popularity of such devices has brought with it many problems that might become acute in 2009.

“It was a goodish year,” the BBC quoted Andrew Bud, chairman of mobile firm Mblox and director of the Mobile Entertainment Forum, as saying.

He said that the one of the high spots of last year was the knock-on effect the launch of innovative smartphones had on the mobile market.

Bud said that many users used their technologically advanced phones to browse popular social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Bebo.

“We”ve also seen the emergence of applications as a whole new content category,” he added.

With the launch of the Apple and Google smartphones, shops started launching applications that run on the high-end handsets.

Apple revealed that over 100million applications had been downloaded from its App Store between July and September.

Steven Hartley, senior analyst at Ovum, said that the popularity of the smartphone indicated that older technologies were coming of age.

“3G has really started to deliver on its promise. That’’s again something that has been talked about for a long time,” he said. (ANI)

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