For the very first time, the quarterly smartphone sales have announced that smartphones have outpaced PC sales during 2011’s Q4. More reason to celebrate: it wasn’t even close!

Canalys, a mobile market research firm, has released an estimate that 158.5 million smartphones were sold during the last quarter of 2011. This was a huge boost for smartphones compared to the 120.2 million sales of personal computers.

According to Canalys, this is the first time they have ever seen such numbers.

But where do tablets fall into? Well, Canalys refers to tablets as PCs—something other research firms do not do. So if tablets were taken out of the number, the real total number of personal computers sold in Q4 2011 is only 93.7 million.

Unfortunately, Canalys discovered that the biggest winners in this boost is Apple, which was able to gain the most profits from the smartphone industry and has also dominated the tablet market. However, Google’s Android OS was named as the market share leader for smartphones.

Microsoft, on the other hand, lost in this tally—considering that just 5 years ago, people mainly used PCs to connect to the internet. During that time, over 95% of PCs operated on Windows OS.

Even though Microsoft has put out a lot of time, energy, and thinking onto the Windows 8, it still wasn’t enough to steal the limelight from Apple’s iPad. However, the statistic still shows that the Windows Phone is significant; despite only having 1.6% of the global market share.

Christine Torralba
Christine Torralba has been a freelance writer for the past couple of years. While most of her work has been ghostwritten, she has also contributed articles to magazines such as SPARK, Monday, Vault and Epic. In her spare time, she cooks, takes photos of food, and manages to write about it on her food blog.