Even if one counts tablets as PCs, 2011 saw smartphone sales eclipse PC sales for the first...

|By:, SA News Editor

Even if one counts tablets as PCs, 2011 saw smartphone sales eclipse PC sales for the first time: Canalys estimates global smartphone sales rose 63% to 487.7M, while "PC" sales (63M tablets included) rose 15% to 415M. Android accounted for 49% of those smartphone sales, and the iPhone 19%. Soaring smartphone and tablet usage, partly at the expense of PC usage, has major implications for many Internet companies.