The crucible of the smartphone market

With the US in the forefront of smartphone usage, is it now the leading indicator for mobile platforms to follow? When it comes to mobile platforms what plays in the US just might be good enough for the rest of us.

The US is currently in the forefront of smartphone usage, however, this has not always been the case. Five years ago only three per cent of US phone users were using a smartphone, lower than the global average. At the time Palm and BlackBerry were the prominent devices in the US while in Europe Nokia’s push with Symbian and Microsoft’s licensing of Windows Mobile led to a smartphone adoption rate of about seven per cent.


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