In the next five years, the nature of mobile phones will change radically, reports market research firm In-Stat. Increasing availability of mobile broadband, operator support for data-intensive devices, and improvements in usability for mobile devices brought about by the influence of the Apple iPhone will evolve the designs of handheld devices.
“Consumers are nearing their limits adjusting to the added complexity of converged devices,” says David Chamberlain, In-Stat analyst. “Feature proliferation is impinging on usability. Handset vendors and mobile operators must carefully evaluate the drive toward increasingly converged devices with features and functions that add direct value to consumers”
Research by In-Stat found that Wi-Fi will become increasingly available in handsets, forecasting that more than 300 million Wi-Fi-enabled phones will be sold in 2012. By 2012, In-Stat predicts that annual sales of handsets able to receive video content will exceed a half-billion.