56 percent of Americans now own smartphones, Pew study finds


iphone-52[1]Survey data also shows that wealthier Americans tend to prefer iPhones.

by Cyrus Farivar (courtesy arstechnica)

A new study released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project finds that for the first time, a majority of American adults (56 percent) own smartphones. Thirty-five percent have mobile phones that aren’t smartphones, with 9 percent owning no cell phone at all.

The research also found that, as you might expect, wealthier Americans have a higher likelihood of owning a smartphone, but “younger adults—regardless of income level—are very likely to be smartphone owners.” That seems to suggest that the trend toward smartphone adoption will continue.

As we’ve seen over the last few months and years, Android users are on the rise—now representing 28 percent of all mobile phone users in America, with iPhone users at 25 percent and BlackBerry users falling sharply to 4 percent, according to Pew.


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