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Smartphones outnumber feature phones in Canada: study

For the first time ever, more Canadians are using a smartphone than a feature phone last year, a new study suggests.

According to IDC Canada, there were more smartphones shipped to consumers and in the “installed base” than ever before in 2011 – a trend unlikely to slow anytime soon.

The full results are contained in its Canadian Mobile Phone Forecast, which also looks at the trends around mobile phone use.

IDC also found Android will continue to lead, due to the availability of their phones in both high-end and entry-level segments.

Have hundreds of dollars? There’s the swanky Samsung Note for you. Want a free phone (on contact)? There’s no shortage of Android options.

When it comes to Apple, they say its market share will almost double in the next five years, largely thanks to the fact that there are so many apps available for iOS devices, and it’s the Apple iPhone. (Can anyone easily recognize the HTC One X? )

Surprisingly, perhaps, IDC’s outlook for BlackBerry devices and Windows Phone isn’t as dire as others might claim. They say BB adoption will “remain fairly flat” and increase just slightly.

Meanwhile, Windows Phone is expected to become an “increasingly significant platform.” But don’t get too excited, IDC suggests it won’t reach or surpass other leaders in the next five years.

Over in tablet land, it appears things are also looking bright for Apple. Forrester Research says Apple will hold on to its majority of the tablet market through 2016 despite competition from Windows (the next version is supposed to be tablet-friendly) and Android.

Do you agree with the market research studies? Where do you think we’ll be in five years? 

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets



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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.