Consumer demand for touchscreen phones shows no signs of slowing down this year, as analysts predict even bigger sales for the finger-friendly phones in 2010.
Touchscreen displays are no longer the preserve of smartphones with big price tags, as manufacturers such as LG and Samsung have shown that even pay-as-you-go customers can have a touchscreen mobile to enjoy.
According to analyst firm Gartner, 97 per cent more touchscreen mobiles will be sold in 2010 compared to 2009.
Within three years, 80 per cent of all mobile phones in the developed world will have touchscreen interfaces, the company forecasts.
Gartner's Roberta Cozza said: "More companies have been driving the consumer market for affordable touchscreen phones.
"As phone capabilities increase, consumers are becoming much more aware of the benefits of touch interfaces and vendors are responding."
The research company predicts that spending and investment in improving touchscreen technology will reach its peak this year and, as such, consumers should expect even more innovative designs and user-friendly interfaces to arrive in the future.