Mobile computing's Asian future

After five years of explosive growth sales of high-end smartphones have hit a plateau and everyone, including Apple, needs to buckle up as growth shifts to Asia.

After five years of explosive growth sales of high-end smartphones have hit a plateau and the $US2 trillion industry - telecom carriers, handset makers and content providers - is buckling up for a bumpier ride as growth shifts to emerging markets, primarily in Asia.

While carrier subsidies have helped drive sales of high-end devices in mature markets, the next growth chapter will be in emerging markets where cost-conscious users demand cheaper gadgets and cheaper access to cheaper services.

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