Web-capable Smartphones Sales To Reach 530 million Units in 2013

Increasingly people are using their mobile devices for browsing internet, and fully-featured smartphones will be the preferred device for accessing web services in future, a study revealed.

A report from ABI Research, tagged as “The Mobile Browser”, said that the growing usage of smartphones for accessing a variety of Web-based services, such as social networking, search, online videos, instant messaging, blogging, etc, will lead to remarkable growth in shipments of these devices.

The report predicts that the sales of smartphones with highly capable internet browser will grow around by four times, from 130 million in 2008 to 530 million by 2013.

The company’s Research Director, Michael Wolf, stated that the strong growth in ad-calls for ad networks, such as AdMob, and the notable rise in page views for Opera Mini, clearly depict that the consumers enjoy browsing web on their handheld devices.

He attributes this praiseworthy growth to some of the incredible mobile devices, such as iPhone and new Blackberry models, which have noticeably increased awareness about accessing web-based services on mobile platform.

“Investment in content access and playback both in browsers and web-based applications across various devices will help to continue this market's future growth”, Wolf said in a statement.

The report predicts that the market for mobile web browsing will become increasingly crowded and competitive, with all major players like Microsoft with its mobile Internet Explorer, Apple with its Safari, and Google with Chrome Lite, are all set to capitalize on this growth opportunity.

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