Shipments of GPS-enabled GSM/WCDMA phones jumped 178% in 2008

According to new research from Berg Insight, global shipments of GPS-enabled GSM/WCDMA handsets jumped 178.6 per cent in 2008 to 78 million units. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 46.5 per cent, shipments are forecast to reach 770 million units in 2014. Adoption of GPS technology has started in the smartphone segment where it is now a standard feature on all new models introduced by tier one vendors. Berg Insight anticipates GPS will start to appear on mid-range handset models in late 2009 and evolve into a standard feature in this segment as well in the following years. Article