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Smartphone update: High on Touch Screen & KeyBoards!

Posted in Mobile Devices and Company Updates by Manas Ganguly on August 18, 2009

Touch screen phones are starting to dominate smart-phone interfaces as 15 million of the 38.1 million phones sold during Q2,2009 used touch screen as the primary interface, according to a report by Canalys. This sharply contrasts the 3.9 million (of 33.6 million) phones sold in the second quarter of 2008!

The success of smart-phones is an outcome of the response for the Apple iPhone, which is still rocking the charts and steadily making its way up in the global smart-phone market shares. Like many market research companies, Canalys is upbeat about the smart-phone market and is currently forecasting a 14% growth for global shipments in 2009 over 2008.

The number of smart-phones that use a keyboard as its primary interface has also increased, with 10.7 million sold in the quarter. The main drivers behind the increased number of keyboard equipped phones are sales of Research in Motion’s Blackberry devices and an increased interest in social networking including Facebook and Twitter, which demand more typing.

While the iPhone and other touch screen devices have taken a rap because of the absence of keyboards, support for the landscape mode and other touch features have stood good stead.

The big loser is the keypad, which an year ago shipped 60% of the smart-phones and today measure upto 32% of the smart-phone universe.

In the near future, voice recognition will play an important role on smartphones and supplement other technologies. Applications such a Navigation are one key area where voice recognition would be necessary and essential.


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