55% of Americans own a smartphone

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Americans who own a smartphone are now quickly outnumbering those who do not have one. New research by the Pew Research Center found that over half of people in the US have a smartphone.

Overall, 91 per cent of those polled said they own a mobile phone, of which 55 per cent are smartphones.

As expected, smartphone use has been on an uphill climb, from 35 per cent in May 2011 to 56 per cent in May 2013. Consequently, regular mobile phones are becoming a thing of the past, fading from 48 per cent to 35 per cent over the same time period.

The younger generation takes the lion’s share of smartphone ownership; 79 per cent of those aged 18 to 24 own a smartphone and 81 per cent of people aged 25 to 34 have one. This is in contrast with the figure of 69 per cent for 35 to 44-year olds.

Nonetheless, the study still found a good number of older users. In fact, 18 per cent of people aged 65 and above are also smartphone owners.

Income is another factor assessed in terms of smartphone adoption. Naturally, those with higher earnings are more likely to own smartphones, especially iPhones. However, younger people want the phones no matter how much they earn, the study found.

In the Android versus iPhone battle, the Android has a slight edge on the iPhone, with 28 per cent compared to Apple’s 25 per cent. Blackberries hold only a small four per cent share.

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