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A Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) representative at a press conference on Sunday said the technology industry has entered the "post-smartphone era" when communication functions such as calls and texting are no longer the main focus for smartphones. The representative noted that smartphones now mainly are used for non-communication types of functions, adding that, “The smartphone has become the viewfinder of your digital life.”
CEA said this trend reflects an overall shift in the technology market’s focus away from hardware and toward apps.
IHS predicts global smartphone shipments will rise by 28 percent this year to 836 million units, up from 654 million in 2012. This represents a slowdown from 35 percent growth in 2012 and the 61 percent increase in 2011, according to the IHS iSuppli/Screen Digest Mobile & Wireless Communications Service at IHS. However, 2013 will mark the first year that smartphones will account for more than 50 percent of global cellphone shipments.
The rising usage of smartphones for non-communication purposes is illustrated by the soaring worldwide demand for apps.
Global smartphone application store revenue is set to more than double from 2012 to 2016. Revenue generated from the sales of smartphone apps is projected to rise to 10.8 billion euros in 2016, up from 4.1 billion euros in 2012, as presented in Figure 2. After more than doubling in 2011, worldwide revenue climb 48 percent in 2013 to reach 6.1 billion euros, according to the IHS Screen Digest Mobile Media Intelligence Service at IHS.