SHARING AMERICA'S TECH NEWS FROM THE VALLEY TO THE ALLEY
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.
iPhone users are also more likely to have higher incomes (not surprising, given the higher price tag).
“Indeed, fully half—49 percent—of cell owners with a household income of $150,000 or more say their phone is an iPhone,” the report says. “And African-American cell owners are more likely than whites or Latinos to say that their phone is an Android device as opposed to an iPhone.”
The new data was conducted via telephone interviews conducted with over 2,200 adults (speaking English and Spanish), spread evenly across those with landlines and cell phones.
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