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Mobile Highlights 2011: A Staggering Year for Mobile

The era of mobile mobile computing was launched through the introduction of the iPhone in 2007.

And since then, the explosive growth has not stopped with 2011 being the most pivotal year we have seen since the launch of the era of smartphones.

Here are some numbers to show you the growth or decline which happened in 2011.

  • 484 Million — The number of smartphones sold worldwide.
  • 194% — Growth of Android smartphones worldwide.
  • $33.62 Billion — The market value shed by Research in Motion (RIM) as each release of the iPhone kept making the Blackberry look like a child’s toy.
  • $12.5 billion — Spent by Google to purchase a division of Motorola to secure patents for Android.
  • 166% — Growth in the number of Facebook Mobile users for the first half of the year = 350 Million mobile users.
  • 26 photos — Shared per second via Instagram.
  • 8 Trillion — Number of  Text Messages were sent.
  • 103 Million — Wireless Tweets were sent.
  • 1 Billion — Foursquare check-ins.
  • $3 Billion — Paid by Apple to independent App developers.
  • 1 Billion — Number of Apps downloaded worldwide each month.
  • Facebook and Twiiter — Became the backbone of democratic events that toppled regimes throughout the Middle East.

Here is a video to show you an interactive version of some of the data presented above.

Sources: PaidContent, GigaOm, TheMobileFuture

Image courtesy of StudentOnCampus

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