Just yesterday I reported that the iPhone generated a more than two-thirds, or about 66.44 percent, of all mobile Web searches for the month of February. But let’s back up a second. Maybe these numbers, which were metrics gathered from Net Applications, were stacked a bit in the iPhone’s favor. This is what our friends at MocoNews are now reporting.
Like many others, I was quick to jump on this news and point out that the other mobile platforms were trailing behind, and that the race had iPhone not just leading but pulling so far ahead that it was leaving the others in the digital dust. And as Fortune magazine reminds us, aren’t there a lot more BlackBerries out there compared to iPhones.
Word of advice to Net Applications, if you are going to stack the deck, at least let us know you’re doing so. And while it is true the iPhone has potential to be the dominant phone for viewing the Web, it still has to get there first.
Smartphones on the Rise
That rise of the iPhone, along with other clever handsets is already on the way. In-Stat, a technology research firm, is now predicting that the number of users of mobile smartphones will increase in over the next five years, and should account for as much as 20 percent of all handsets globally by 2013 compared with just about 10 percent today. This will include an increase in North America, where the increase will be about 15 percent annually over the next five years.
By 2013 there should be more than 62 million smartphones in the United States. The biggest factor is that prices will likely fall, and economy good or bad, will likely continue a downward slide to affordability. But In-Stat also suggests that the iPhone might not be the dominant handset, and could be surpassed by Linux-based phones, and other open mobile operating system models. By 2013, says In-Stat, open source mobile handsets could outsell the iPhone worldwide by a ratio of 68.1 million to 33.4 million.
The Asian market could see much of the smartphone boom as well, with the market expected to increase 26 percent annually outside of Japan. And the real what-if is in China, where the government could potentially mandate the use of a smartphone platform for its 3G license.
This all just means there will be smart times ahead for phones.