Business Insider recently held their IGNITION West: Future of Mobile conference in San Francisco. The conference presented some pretty interesting facts about smartphones, and was an eye-opener for anyone who follows changing technological trends.
According to the research cited in Business Insider’s slide deck, the number of smartphones and tablets sold in 2011 alone was far greater than that of personal computers. Based on current trends, the BI intelligence team predicts that in the coming 4 years, the number of smartphones and tablets will dwarf the number of PCs by approximately 3 times, while tablets in their own right will surpass PCs in 2 to 3 years.
Although, we are still very early in the “dumb-phone conversion cycle” (with 835 million smartphone subscribers against 5.6 billion basic-phone users), this clearly indicates that smartphones have become the most common type of personal computer and conventional PCs may well be on their way out.