Tablet Sales Up 80 Per Cent in Q2

Sales of tablet devices increased by 80 per cent in Q2, 2011, according to the second quarter 2G/3G/4G (LTE and WiMAX) Broadband Devices and Subscribers report from Infonetics Research. The report tracks smartphones, mobile broadband PC cards, embedded mobile broadband cards and devices, mobile broadband routers, and mobile broadband subscribers.

A total of $31.4bn (£19.9bn) was spent on smartphones in Q2, down 1.4 per cent from the previous quarter, despite unit shipments being up about 2 per cent, indicating that unit-price erosion impeded revenue growth.

Apples stronger volumes and higher ARPU helped increase its global smartphone revenue share every quarter thus far in 2011, which stood at 36 per cent of the smartphone market in Q2. HTC and Samsung moved up to 2nd and 3rd place, respectively, in the global smartphone market in Q2, ahead of RIM and Nokia.

Combined across all vendors, Android continues to be the No.1 smartphone operating system (OS) in the world, used in nearly half of all smartphones shipped worldwide. Infonetics expects global smartphone revenue to grow 31 per cent in 2011 over 2010, to $117bn.

“The clear synergy between smartphones and tablets, with their shared touchscreen features and common application environments, make them by far the hottest segments of the mobile broadband device market,” notes Richard Webb, Infonetics Researchs directing analyst for microwave and small cells. “Just as iPhone users are more likely to buy an iPad as their tablet, so too are Android users more likely to buy Android-based tablets. It is increasingly important for vendors to have a strong portfolio in both market segments to leverage this synergy.”

Infonetics quarterly 2G/3G/4G (LTE and WiMAX) Broadband Devices and Subscribers market size, market share, and forecasts report tracks smartphones;  smartphone OS (Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, Linux, Palm, Symbian, Windows Mobile); netbook OS (Linux, Mac, Windows, other); mobile broadband PC cards; embedded mobile broadband cards and devices (PCs, netbooks, tablets, mobile Internet devices, or MIDs); mobile broadband routers, and mobile broadband subscribers. Technologies tracked includeW-CDMA/HSPA, CDMA2000/EV-DO, TD-SCDMA, FDD-LTE, TDD-LTE, and WiMAX. Companies tracked include Acer, Apple, Asus, D-Link, Dell, HP, Huawei, Kyocera, Lenovo, LG, Motorola, NEC, NETGEAR, Novatel, Option, Pantech, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sierra Wireless, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba, and ZTE.