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56 Percent of American Adults Now Use Smartphones, Says Pew

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We’ve reached a tipping point for mobile usage: According to Pew Internet & American Life Project, a majority of Americans are now rocking smartphones — although there seems to be a slight disparity over how users define smartphone. Pew got slightly different numbers when it rephrased its questions:

  • 55% of cell phone owners say that their phone is a smartphone. 
  • 58% of cell phone owners say that their phone operates on a smartphone platform. 

Why the three percent difference? No idea. There is no phone that operates a smartphone platform other than a smartphone. Well, either way, it’s still more than half. In total, the research group found that 61 percent of cell phone owners replied in the affirmative to at least one of those questions.

Looking at the adult population only now, 91 percent own some sort of mobile phone, and 56 percent of them own smartphones. That means a little more than a third, at 35 percent, have some other type of cell phone. Pulling up the rear is the Luddite category, with 9 percent of Americans not owning a cell phone of any type at all.

The report digs even deeper, shedding light on ownership demographics, as well as platform preferences.

When it comes to Android, smartphone users hail from a broad range of educational and household income groups at similar levels. More affluent or educated smartphone owners tended to choose iPhones. The report found distinctions along ethnic lines as well. African-American cell phone owners are more likely than Caucasians or Latinos to go Android as opposed to iPhone.

For more interesting tidbits, hit up the charts below or check out Pew’s reports at the source link.

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Adriana Lee

Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...


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