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Smartphones now account for almost two-thirds of all mobile phones in the U.S.

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:43PM EST
Smartphone Adoption United States

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America really has become smartphone nation. Nielsen estimates in its latest survey of American consumers that smartphones now account for around 64% of all mobile phones used in the United States and that 80% of Americans who recently bought a new phone bought a smartphone. As far as smartphone platforms go, Nielsen found that Americans have stuck with the iOS-Android duopoly as Android phones accounted for 53% of all smartphones bought between June and August this year while iPhones accounted for 40% of all smartphones bought over the same period. Nielsen unsurprisingly reports that smartphone adoption is strongest among young people while noting that “50% of the mobile subscribers using feature phones in the U.S. were those aged 55+, highlighting significant room for smartphone growth among this group of mobile users.” A chart showing Nielsen’s findings follows below.

Brad Reed
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Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at BGR.com and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.

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