Smartphone Usage
Smartphone Usage

The use of “smart phones” such as Apple’s Iphone or Android devices has increased and according to reports will continue to rise throughout 2013. The sale of these smart phone devices are expected to top 900 million units by the end of 2013. As the technology has developed it has become cheaper and more readily available to younger markets. Further, smart phones are able to do more than ever before. Their use can range from browsing the web, to capturing video and sharing it online.

Satellite phones have also allowed rural areas and places without internet to become interconnected. According to statistics, 97 percent of 18-29 year olds in the US currently use smart phones to send text messages. The most common activity of smart phone users includes texting and using the phone as a portable GPS. This has enormous implications within the spheres of business as people can be available to work through their phones even when they are nowhere near an office. With the rise in the use of higher tech devices, such as smart phones and tablets, along with the use of cloud services, virtual offices are becoming more common, especially as companies look to drive down costs of operation (Alexander, 2013).

Smartphones have become popular outside of the US as well with the highest percentage of smartphone market penetration in Singapore at 54 percent, Canada at 39 percent, and Hong Kong with 35 percent (Go-Gulf, 2012). Globally, smartphones are used mostly in the home to send text messages or browse the web. Asian countries have the most smartphone users of any other region with the top countries in the region being Japan, South Korea, and China (SiliconIndia, 2013).

 

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