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97 percent of smartphones to have touchscreens by 2016 says research firm

News by Dan Seifert on Saturday August 27, 2011.

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Bad news for those who detest touchscreens, because, according to research firm ABI, 97 percent of smartphones will be equipped with a touchscreen of some form or another by the year 2016.

The research firm says that touchscreens have been as driving a factor in the explosive growth of smartphones as the proliferation of 3G data. Before the iPhone, smartphones with touchscreens made up only 7 percent of the total smartphone market in 2006. By 2010, 75 percent of the smartphones on the market were equipped with a touchscreen of some form or another.

Touchscreens today are very different than they were back in 2006, as well. Thanks to the success and influence of the iPhone, resistive touchscreens have pretty much gone the way of the dinosaur, with the superior, capacitive-type touchscreens taking their place. Capacitive touchscreens are more responsive to finger input than resistive screens, and do not require the use of a stylus. You can find capacitive touchscreens on the iPhone, most all Android phones, Windows Phone 7 smartphones, webOS devices, and even some BlackBerry and Symbian smartphones. ABI says that low-cost capacitive touchscreens will revolutionize the feature phone and e-reader market next.

ABI projects that by 2016, 97 percent of the smartphones available on the market will have a touchscreen, whether that is in conjunction with a physical keyboard or not. Though, even now, aside from the low-end BlackBerry models, its hard to find a smartphone that doesn't have a touchscreen today.

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