April 26, 2017

How Widespread Are Smartphones?

   April 26, 2017

How Widespread Are Smartphones?

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Editor’s Remarks:
With so much of today’s business limelight taken up by tech companies big and small making a killing with app-based services, it’s easy to think that smartphones must be everywhere. A new Pew Research survey of 14 advanced economies found that almost every respondent owned a mobile phone, but when it comes to smartphone ownership, there was a wide variation. Other findings won’t come as a surprise to many: in every country, younger people and those with incomes higher than the median were more likely to own smartphones than their older, poorer compatriots. Even though only 46% of Greeks own smartphone, for example, this figure rises to 84% among those aged 18 to 34. In addition to international differences, there are other divides unique to some countries. In Japan, for example, men were found to be more likely than women to own smartphones (62% vs 49%). One thing was common across all the countries: smartphone ownership has skyrocketed, and quickly so. More than twice as many Americans own smartphones than in 2011, while the rate in Poland has also more than doubled since just 2013.

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