Mobile computing generated $55.6 bln in 2005 and $63.5 bln in 2006

The global market for mobile computing was almost $55.6 bln in 2005 and $63.5 bln in 2006. At a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.0%, this market will reach more than $88.9 bln by 2011. Smartphones have the highest growth potential through the forecast period. With a 15.7% CAGR through 2011, this market will reach almost $17.8 bln by 2011. The largest market share belongs to notebook computers. In 2006, notebook computers held 84% of the total global market. By the end of 2011, this share will be worth $69.2 bln, more than 96% of the market. Applications will clearly reflect the presence of mobile computing and advanced functions throughout the period. By 2011, office related, communications-based and global positioning will account for approximately 67% of the total applications installed in handheld devices and mobile phones.

Mobile computing market in 2006-2011
  Sales, mln. $ Growth Sales Growth
Devices 2005 2006 YTY 2011 2006-2011
Notebook computers 47,147.6 53,653.6 13.8 69,202.1 5.2
Tablet PCs 690.5 771.2 11.6 953.7 4.3
Handheld devices 436.1 524.4 16.0 1,008.0 14.0
Smartphones 7,310.1 8,569.0 17.2 17,794.0 15.7
Total 55,584.3 63,518.2 14.3 88,957.8 7.0
Source: BCC