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Worldwide Camera Phone Installed Base to Near 2 Billion by 2015

(Weymouth, MA) June 23, 2011 . . . InfoTrends’ latest worldwide camera phone forecast projects healthy growth in all geographic regions covered, which include Asia Pacific; Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); Japan; North America; and Rest of World (ROW), with an installed base of nearly 2 billion handsets by 2015. This growth is due in large part to the popularity of smartphones. On a worldwide basis, smartphone shipments will increase from 306 million in 2010 to over 1 billion by 2015.

Mobile phones have reached mature status, and feature camera phones will see a downward trend in shipments during the forecast period. InfoTrends believes that smartphone shipments will surpass basic camera phone shipments starting in 2012. While smartphones will stimulate growth in all regions, the greatest growth in revenues (inclusive of all camera phones) is expected in the ROW and Asia-Pacific regions.

The evolution of the feature phone to the smartphone has had many positive impacts on the mobile imaging experience. One major development is the increase in screen size. Gone are the days of a tiny 2-inch screen as was seen on candy bar or flip phones of the past. Today, LCDs on handsets, particularly smartphones, are getting bigger with each new model introduced. The most popular size seems to be 4 inches. This makes on-screen viewing of photos much easier on the eyes and greatly improves the user experience.

Another benefit of smartphones is that they are really all-in-one devices, which allow the user to not only talk, but also text, listen to music, interact with social networking sites, browse the Web, take spontaneous photos and video, and get directions through GPS navigation. Users have the choice of instantaneously sharing their photos via text, e-mail, or social networks without having to transfer their photos to another device. In addition, it goes without saying that the availability of higher resolution camera phones is also encouraging picture-taking with all camera phones.

Carrie Sylvester, a Senior Research Analyst at InfoTrends, states, “The mobile imaging experience has benefitted tremendously from recent improvements in camera phone and smartphone technology. The continued evolution of these products will stimulate use of photo-related features.  It will also encourage upgrades and purchases of newer and better devices as they hit the market.”

InfoTrends’ worldwide camera phone forecast for 2010 - 2015 provides forecast information in terms of camera phone shipments, installed base, and revenue. It discusses worldwide market drivers and barriers, as well as trends in terms of megapixel resolution segmentation. A five-year forecast is provided for each major region, including North America, EMEA, Japan, Asia-Pacific, and ROW.

For more information or to purchase this forecast, visit InfoTrends’ online store or contact Robyn Wuori at +1 or e-mail .

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