Mobile application installs could exceed 210 billion in 2020, according to International Data Corp (IDC).
Samsung posted the fastest quarterly profit growth in its mobile business in nearly three years, cementing its status as the world's top smartphone vendor following Apple's disappointing quarter. But LG and Sony continued to struggle as growth in the worldwide handset market slows to a crawl.
With SDN already making its mark on the data center to enable cloud computing services, the focus is shifting towards WANs, which can be used to meet the requirements of cloud applications and services.
As operators like AT&T and Verizon deploy more software-defined networking and network functions virtualization, research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) is taking note of the SDN shift from the datacenter networks to the wide area networks.
Huawei, the world's third-largest smartphone maker after Apple and Samsung, announced it will hold a media event April 6 where it is widely expected to raise the curtain on its latest flagship Android smartphone, the P9. According to reports, the phone will likely sport two rear-facing cameras.
IDC said 2015 was likely the last year when global smartphone shipment growth exceeded 10 per cent, with single-digit growth now expected to be the trend until 2020.
Global wearable device sales grew 126.9 per cent year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2015, as demand for fitness trackers and Apple's Watch device fuelled growth in the sector, IDC said.
In tthe fourth quarter of 2015, 2.6 million tablets with a detachable keyboard were shipped and accounted for 20 per cent of the overall tablet market in Western Europe.
Analysts revealed that global smartphone shipments hit record highs in in 2015 despite growth in the fourth quarter slowing to an all-time low.
Samsung reported a relatively sluggish fourth quarter, as was expected, and analysts said the company's troubles helped pave the way for Huawei to score the biggest gains in the world's smartphone market during the final three months of 2015.