24 Mar '11, 8am

Asia-Pacific smartphone use seen doubling by 2016: SINGAPORE : The Asia-Pacific smartphone market is expected to...

Asia-Pacific smartphone use seen doubling by 2016: SINGAPORE : The Asia-Pacific smartphone market is expected to...

SINGAPORE - The Asia-Pacific smartphone market is expected to double to 200 million by 2016, with Google's Android operating system the leading platform, an industry analyst said Thursday. The growing popularity of the handheld devices, which allow users to surf the Internet and access emails, will mean they will account for almost a third of all mobiles in the region in that time, telecoms consultancy Ovum said. And despite the continuing success of Apple's iPhone, Ovum added the Android platform will be by far the most used system because it is used in so many devices. Smartphones, which numbered 100 million in the region last year, are expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 12.5 percent between 2010 and 2016 and make up about 32 percent of all mobiles in Asia-Pacific, according to a statement from Ovum. At the same time global sales are expected to hit 653 millio...

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