Smartphone shipments grow 57%


globe.jpgMore and more hands are getting smarter these days.  Cellular News is reporting that PDA and smartphone shipments have grown 57% worldwide since last year.  Japan’s got bragging rights with the most number of users, beating out Europe, Asia, and Africa.

“Worldwide shipments of PDAs and smartphones combined totaled 42.1 million units in the first half of 2006, a 57% increase from the same period last year, according to Gartner. Smartphone shipments bolstered the market growing 75.5% to reach 34.7 million units, more than four times the size of the PDA market. PDA shipments increased by 5.7% totaling 7.4 million units.”