For some of us they probably already do rule our worlds, but if you needed some statistics to back up the importance of smartphones in the years to come, a new study from research firm IHS iSuppli forecasts the global shipment of smartphones will pass 1 billion by 2015 – that’s more than double the amount shipped this year.

The prediction is 1.03 billion units in 2015,compared to 478 million in 2011. The study suggests that by 2015, 54.5 per cent of the mobile phone market will be held by smartphones, compared to the 32.5 per cent currently reported. The future dominance of Android is further propelled by the findings that suggest the majority of the growth will come at the low-end of the market where the open-source Android is likely to have considerable success against its rivals.

On the back of the same, it will be interesting to see whether Apple will look to break away from brand in order to compete and offer a budget version of the iPhone to reach out to the growth area of the market.

Certainly, if you are not yet designing for mobile phones you certainly need to be soon.

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