devices like ultrabooks and ultrabook convertibles, coupled with Windows 8 operating system, will change the way one interacts with the computer screen in the year ahead.
Tailored for a world shifting from personal computers to smartphones and tablets, the beta version of Microsoft's new operating system was made available in the beginning of the year. Commercial availability of devices with the new OS began in the latter half of the year.
The year 2012 also saw some big bang launches like that of Apple's iPhone 5 and iPad Mini (the smaller version of its bestseller iPad) this year, while Nokia expanded its Lumia and Asha series of smartphones.
However, it was Korean electronic giant Samsung which stole the thunder from these multinationals with a slew of smartphone launches including Galaxy SIII.
"In India, we expect that the smartphone market will touch 17 million mark, which is nearly double the size in 2011. We expect the trend to continue," a Samsung spokesperson said, adding that a similar growth is expected for tablet PCs
"Last year, the tablet PC market was about 500,000. We expect it to grow to 1.5 million this year. The ultabooks market this year is expected to be about 1.6 million," the spokesperson said.
According to research firm Gartner, over 1.2 billion mobile phones were sold in the January-September 2012 period, of which 479.94 million were smartphones.
Samsung's sold over 138 million smartphones during the period, while Apple and Research In Motion (RIM) sold over 85 million and 26.79 million smartphones, respectively.
Nokia sold 13.31 million and 7.2 million smartphones in the January-March and July-September 2012, respectively.
The year, however, did not bring much cheer for RIM. Though RIM's BlackBerry devices continued to gain traction in India, globally its market share declined.
However, RIM is betting on the new fleet of devices, to be launched in January, will revive its fortunes. RIM has said the new devices, featuring BB 10, will be faster and smoother than previous BlackBerry phones and will also have a larger bouquet of apps.
Apps were also big with consumers lapping up games like Angry Birds, to