Mobile Computing Component Makers to Be Big Winners in Post-PC Era
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By David Zeiler
The accelerating transition to mobile computing devices - such as smartphones and tablets - will drive tech companies to adapt to shifting consumer preferences or risk getting left behind. Although they haven't yet tossed out their desktop or laptop PCs, more and more people are adopting mobile devices for such activities as checking e-mail, browsing the Web, playing games and interacting with social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Indeed, the recent success of Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) iPad, for instance, is just the one example of an ongoing paradigm shift that has come to be known as the "Post-PC Era." Evidence of this transition abounds:
- The global smartphone market will grow 49.2% in 2011 following a 74% spurt in 2010, according to market research firm IDC. Meanwhile, Gartner Inc. believes the smartphone market will surge 58% this year.
- Data consumption (such as Web browsing and streaming media) on