Canalys: smartphone shipments to hit 1.5bn in 2017, feature phones to become ‘extinct’

Canalys: smartphone shipments to hit 1.5bn in 2017, feature phones to become ‘extinct’We’re reaching into the Comedy folder for this one (no offense, Canalys). Before we start, bear in mind that Android has yet to celebrate its fifth birthday.

Yep, Canalys is looking five – count ‘em, five – years into the future, predicting – among other things – that worldwide smartphone shipments will hit 1.5 billion in 2017, with feature phones eventually dying out completely in some markets.

With 1.5 billion units shipped in 2017, smartphones will supposedly account for 73% of all mobile shipments. In North America and Europe, heck even China, it’ll be closer to 100%.

That’s thanks to falling component prices, meaning feature phones will ultimately be replaced – in many markets – by low-cost entry-level smartphones.

As for operating system shares, it’s bad news for everyone except – wait for it – Microsoft and Windows Phone.

See, Android will fall from 67.7% in 2012 to 67.1% in 2017, Apple 19.5% to 14.1%, and BlackBerry 4.8% to 4.6%.

Windows Phone, meanwhile, will rise from 2.4% in 2012 to a significant 12.7% in 2017, spearheaded by wallet-friendly phones from partners including Nokia, Huawei and ZTE.

Someone remind me to look back at this article in Q1 2018, using the browser on my transparent flexible iPhone 7S, at which point I'll have €7.01 in my wallet, having withdrawn €10 at 3.05pm and having spent €2.99 on a coffee that was a little too hot at first, but ultimately delicious.

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