Touchscreen popularity 'on the increase'

10 February 2010 — 3:45 PM

Touchscreen popularity increases

Since the introduction and subsequent popularity of the Apple iPhone, consumers have been purchasing a greater number of touchscreen smartphones, it has been suggested.

According to research group Canalys, more than half - 60 per cent - of the 4,000 people it surveyed wanted a touchscreen mobile phone.

The group found that in the final quarter of 2009, touchscreen smartphones had a 55 per cent market share, with shipments of the devices up 138 per cent year-on-year.

The analyst revealed that more than 75 million touchscreen devices were shipped during 2009 and 166 million smartphones in total.

Consumers wanting to get their hands on a touchscreen handset may want to consider mobile recycling as an option in order to receive cash to put towards a purchase.

"Nokia stands out as a very close second [in the touchscreen device space behind Apple], seeing tremendous growth thanks to models such as the Nokia 5800 and N97," said Canalys analyst Tim Shepherd.

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