Smartphones will make up more than half of the total number of U.S. cell phones shipped next year, In-Stat projects. In a report released Tuesday, the research firm also estimated that manufacturers will ship almost 850 million smartphones worldwide -- or about one phone for every dozen people -- by 2015.

Smartphones have continued to gain popularity as a result of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone, first introduced in 2007 and now in its fourth generation, and Google's (GOOG) Android platform, which has helped enable manufacturers to challenge the iPhone's leadership position. As prices fall and more devices come out, their popularity will only increase, according to In-Stat.

The company expects the Android platform to become the most popular operating system, and forecasts that shipments of Symbian handsets also will continue to rise.

Others also expect smartphone shipments to continue to surge. Back in December, Strategy Analytics projected that worldwide shipments of touchscreen smartphones would jump almost eightfold from 2009 sales to 355 million by 2015.

Meanwhile, Gartner in September predicted that the use of mobile-communication devices would more than triple, from 2009 and 2014, to almost 574 million devices, primarily because of smartphone growth

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most the people who buys the smartphones just buy them as a fashion accesory and because they dont cost much more than a regulur phone, ofcourse this is because the government wants everyone to have a smartphone as they will become the replacement for home computers when everyone is homeless or living in a government dorm. This way you can have all of you information on your person and it will be much easier for government to surviel you with the built in mircophones and cameras, Next step is for all phones to be smarttphones and then it will be required by law to have one, mark my words you will see it happen. In addtion as you notice with the Iphone, the battery cannot be removed without tools, this is so you cannot dissconnect power fromt he phone so governmetn can always track you, soon all the phones will be this way. This is the agenda folks and you are seeing it happen before you're eyes.

January 26 2011 at 10:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Smart-phones for Dummies. What so smart about a smart phone? I know it makes people dependent on them so they become imbeciles.

January 26 2011 at 5:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply