In-Stat is reporting that the Smarthpone market saw year-to-year growth of over 70 percent in 2005. They also expect growth to be quite healthy for the next few years. Furthermore, the dominant platforms are expected to be Microsoft and Linux with PalmSource and RIM seeing declining market shares.
The report also indicate that consumers view Smartphones are very expensive feature phones and do not extract full value of these devices. For example, the median number of applications downloaded onto a smartphone is one! And very interestingly, Smartphone owners are twice as likely to own a PDA than non-Smartphone users. Aren’t Smartphones supposed to displace PDAs?
The full report, called The Smartphone OS Wars, is available from In-Stat for $2,995 USD.