Smartphone boom 'buoyed by social networking'

19 October 2009 — 10:07 AM

Twitter is just one popular social application

The number of people recycling mobiles for a new smartphone may be due to the success of social networking, if one expert is to be believed.

Following the recent launch of new devices like the Palm Pre, a spokeswoman for Mobile Choice explained that it was likely consumers would see the rise of the high performance handset continue.

According to Natasha Stokes, editor of the mobile news and review-based publication and website, forecasts the sector would continue to flourish were largely accurate.

In addition to the number of people now engaging with social networking, she drew attention to the fact that operators are now offering better browsing-based packages to accompany improved technologies.

"Then there are the Android devices and also just greater awareness of these phones and what they can do," Ms Stokes concluded.

In addition to the launch of the Palm Pre, last wee saw Research In Motion announce the BlackBerry Storm2 - a successor to its first-ever touchscreen model.

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