When it comes to smartphones, oh what a difference a year makes. The first Snapdragon™-powered smartphone launched in 2009 and by the end of the year there were a handful more that came to market. 2010 started with much fanfare as Google introduced the Nexus One with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor as the engine. Half-way thru the year, there were more than 20 new smartphones powered by Snapdragon commercially launched at leading mobile operators in the U.S. and around the globe.
As the Android operating system and associated applications development took off and as Microsoft delivered Windows Phone® 7, the number of Snapdragon-powered mobile device models available worldwide had grown dramatically to today’s level of 50+ device designs.
Deciding which mobile device to buy is becoming much more complex with so many options and cool new features and functions. Here in the U.S., there are many Snapdragon-powered smartphones and smart devices to choose from, including all Windows Phone 7 devices, Dell Streak, Dell VenuePro, HTC Droid Incredible, HTC EVO 4G, HTC G2, HTC HD7, HTC Surround, Huawei S7, LG Quantum, Samsung Focus, Sony Ericsson Xperia 10 and T-Mobile’s mytouch 4G. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless each offer at least one or more of these Snapdragon-powered devices.
I can’t just end my blog and not mention tablets. With its introduction of the iPad, Apple brought a new mobile and computing experience to life for consumers. Other manufacturers have followed selecting the Android operating system to deliver their 5”, 7” and larger screen devices, some of which are powered by Snapdragon. And we foresee the market continuing to grow since Qualcomm recently shared at our 2010 Financial Analyst conference that 10 manufacturers are currently designing tablets based on Snapdragon.
Going into CES 2011, the excitement around tablets continues to escalate. Is the phenomenon of tablets upon us? How many tablets will be sold in 2011? With 2011 around the corner, we will soon see.