A report by analyst firm Canalys has suggested that sales of smartphones have overtaken that of PCs for the first time. The results show a huge growth from 2010/2011 of 62.7 percent for smartphones, with the PC market posting just 14.8 percent growth overall. Interestingly, the umbrella term ‘PC’ includes tablets, laptops and notebooks, making the figures even more startling.
The raw figures indicate that smartphone manufacturers shifted a massive 487.7 million units, compared with the PC category that shows sales of 414.6 million. On a manufacturer level Apple was the clear leader, posting shipments of 37 million iPhones, 15.4 million iPads and 5.2 million Macs in Q4 2011. Samsung’s numbers were equally as impressive, with the South Korean manufacturer shipping 35.3 million smartphones in the final quarter of the year.
At a platform level Android was the unsurprising victor, posting shipments of 237.8 million for 2011 and iOS taking second position with 93.1 million.
Despite overall sluggish growth in the PC market it is worth noting that shipments of tablets for 2011 showed a monumental growth of 274.2 percent over 2010 figures, suggesting that this will be the main growth area for the year ahead.