Smartphone shipments exceeded those of PCs last year

The Wall Street Journal reports that global smartphone shipments increased 63% last year, which propelled the devices past PCs for the first time, even with tablets included in the computer arena, according to Canalys. Phone-makers shipped 487.7 million smartphones — 158.8 million in the fourth quarter — compared with 414.6 million and 120.2 million for computers. Canalys also says shipments of Android phones were strong in 2011: The phones accounted for 48.8% of the devices sold, including 52% in the fourth quarter, while Apple’s iOS platform had a 19.1% market share for the year. <<…>>