Aided by affordability of cheap Smartphones and availability of 3G and 4G networks the number of Smartphone users is supposed to reach around 1.75 billion users. Although the growth rate of mobile phone users has reached a threshold in developing countries, the burgeoning increase of users in Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa is supposed to drive the number of mobile phone users to 4.5 billion users. A report from market research firm eMarketer expects the growing market in emerging countries to boost the market.
“The global smartphone audience surpassed the 1 billion mark in 2012 and will total 1.75 billion in 2014. eMarketer expects smartphone adoption to continue on a fast-paced trajectory through 2017,”
The report titled Smartphone Users Worldwide 2012 – 2017 from eMarketer, further expects that around two-fifth of all mobile phones i.e. around one fourth of the world’s population used a Smartphone at least monthly this year.
The mobile phone market which was 4.08 billion users globally in 2012 grew by 6.2% in 2013 to 4.33 billion users. The mobile market is supposed to grow by 5.1% to 4.55 billion users in 2014 and further by 4.7% to 4.77 billion users. The total mobile phone users are likely to reach 5.13 billion users globally by 2017.
In 2012 around 58.2% of the global population was using mobile phones, this percentage grew to 61.1% in 2013 and is further expected to grow to 63.5% of the global population. By 2017 around 69.4% of world’s population is expected to use mobile phones.
The rising trend of low cost Smartphones along with dual core and multiple gigabytes of RAM are fuelling the increase in sales of Smartphones. With an increased use of Smartphones we are moving closer to a smarter world.
Among the mobile phone users, the percentage of Smartphone users is expected to increase drastically. There were around 1.13 billion Smartphone users in 2012 i.e. around 28% of global Smartphone users. The number of Smartphone users increased by 27.1% in 2013 to 1.43 billion users which is around 33 % of global Smartphone users. The world Smartphone market sales grew to 250 million in Q3 ,2013. Number of Smartphone users is further expected to increase by 22.5% to 1.75 billion users in 2014, which is around 39% of mobile users. Around 49% i.e. nearly half of the mobile phone users globally are likely to use Smartphone by 2017.
Internet is being accessed on the go. More people are now accessing the internet from their mobile devices, whether it be through a Smartphone or their basic mobile devices.
In 2012 around 1.58 billion users used their mobile phones for internet, which is around 67% of internet users. The number of users using mobile phones for internet grew by 21% to 1.91 billion users, which is around 74% of internet users. This number is further expected to increase by 17% in 2014 to 2.23 billion users, which is around 79% of total internet users. By 2017 around 2.97 billion users are expected to use the internet over their phones, which is around 91% of total internet users and 58% of mobile phone users. In the near future, the Smartphone would become our primary way of connecting to the internet and Smartphone users would access major applications and data from their mobile devices.