Half a billion low-cost smartphones to be in use by the end of the year, according to Deloitte report
January 19, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu
Every December or January, we are used to all kinds of companies and firms conducting surveys or releasing studies and, while most of the time these are boring as heck, we have for you today a pretty interesting report, released by the Belgian company Deloitte.
According to the Belgians, over half a billion low-cost smartphones (sold for less than 100 bucks) will be in use by the end of 2012, which is pretty intriguing, as most of us are waiting for several high-end launches during the next couple of months.
The guys at Deloitte also have an explanation of this low-cost smartphone boom, which is caused, according to their official statements, by the ‘’growing desire for communication and information services’’ of people in emerging markets where internet access is low.
As you could expect, a growing demand for these kinds of low-cost (and low-end) gadgets will cause the suppliers to cut the price of components. Also, more and more free apps should be developed this year, as ‘’low-cost smartphone owners are less likely to want to pay for downloads’’.
On a whole different front, 2012 should be, according to predictions, a growing year for multi-tablet owners. Around five million slates are expected to be sold during the next 12 months to people that already own a similar gadget, which should generate no less than 2 billion dollars in revenue.
Also, tablet choices might become more varied, with smaller gadgets (sporting 5 to 7-inch screens) to become more popular and to be seen as not exactly alternatives to 10-inch slates, but as gadgets with a different use and aim all together.
Deloitte’s report, which touches a bunch of different technology aspects, provides a third conclusion which I found very interesting as an Android fanatic. According to predictions, the number of apps available for download worldwide will double from one million in December 2011 to no less than two million by the end of 2012.
The proportion of free content, as I already mentioned, is set to remain high or even to grow during the next months, due to the customers’ need to pay less for having access to ‘’communication and information services’’.
For the complete report, hit the source link below, where you should find a couple of other interesting conclusions and pieces of information as well.