50% of the world’s population owns a smartphone.
Half of the world’s population owns a smartphone. We don’t say so, but a recent study by Strategy Analytics that mentions that around four billion people currently use a smartphone.
What does that mean? That the smartphone is the most popular electronic device in the world, via computers, laptops and tablets.
Half of the population has a smartphone
According to the above study, 50% of the world’s population have a smartphone. We are facing a very important milestone, namely that the growth since the introduction of the first smartphones in 2007 and 2008 has been spectacular.
According to the graph, the curve turns strongly in 2010. In these years, cheap smartphones appear and 3G networks are becoming available to everyone. In 2016 the curve will soften and from this year it will be confirmed that the smartphone is an indispensable device as fewer and fewer people have one in their pockets.
What is the reason for this growth? When the first smartphones hit the market, they were a luxury item. Not everyone could afford to buy one, so they preferred traditional cell phones. The ones that were only used to call and text messages.
Over the years, the price of the devices fell. There were still expensive high-end smartphones, but more and more brands brought inexpensive models onto the market. Even made in China became fashionable. In addition, the operators offered more data in their tariffs, so that Having a smartphone with email, web browser, and social networks made more sense than ever.
Unsurprisingly, smartphones don’t stop being small computers that fit in the palm of our hand.
Related topics: Mobile technology
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