In-Stat is the latest market researcher to praise the future of the mobile application store. In a recent study, In-Stat forecasts that within five years, there’ll be 100 million smartphones capable of downloading apps from at least one of the digital storefronts that are cropping up everywhere these days. The research says to expect smartphones with a “strong app store orientation” to account for 30% of the global smartphone market by 2013.
According to In-Stat analyst David Chamberlain, consumers are doing more with – and expecting more from – their mobile phones due to the increased ability of newer phones to run native applications and provide “real” Internet access.
In-Stat also found that iPhone owners significantly outpace BlackBerry, Palm and Windows Mobile users when it comes to downloading content from an app store.