Global mobile handset shipments totaled approximately 1.15 billion in 2009, with enhanced phones and smartphones capturing approximately 81% of all handset shipments, according to the latest data from ABI research (http://www.abiresearch.com).
According to industry analyst Celia Bo, “In recent years the major technology and application trends in handset design have focused on 3G (and beyond) capabilities including web surfing, social networking, multimedia, connectivity, better cameras, VoIP, pico projectors and more.”
The 3.5G handset category is the fastest-growing segment among all the models announced by vendors. 56% of handsets models in 2009 were 3.5G-ready devices, while the number of 2G and 2.5G models dropped in comparison.
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