AP NEWS
ADVERTISEMENT
Press release content from Business Wire. The AP news staff was not involved in its creation.
PRESS RELEASE: Paid content from Business Wire
Press release content from Business Wire. The AP news staff was not involved in its creation.

Strategy Analytics: Half the World Owns a Smartphone

June 24, 2021 GMT

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 24, 2021--

According to new research from Strategy Analytics, half the world’s entire population now owns a smartphone in June 2021. Some 4 billion people use a smartphone today. It has taken 27 years to reach this historic milestone.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210624005926/en/

ADVERTISEMENT

Exhibit 1: Global Smartphone User Base: % of World Population(1) (Source: Strategy Analytics, Inc.)

Yiwen Wu, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics, said, “We estimate the global smartphone user base has risen dramatically from just 30k people in 1994 to 1.00 billion in 2012, and a record 3.95 billion today in June 2021. With an estimated 7.90 billion people in total on the planet in June 2021, it means 50% of the whole world now owns a smartphone. It has taken 27 years to reach this historic milestone.”

Linda Sui, Senior Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “The world’s first modern smartphone, IBM Simon, was launched commercially in the United States way back in 1994. This was followed by other famous models, such as the Nokia 9110 Communicator in 1998 and Ericsson R380 for Europe in 2000. Apple iPhone popularized the smartphone in 2007, while Google Android democratized the smartphone with an affordable software platform from 2008.”

Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “Half of humanity now owns a smartphone. The smartphone is the most successful computer of all time. Smartphones today are used by 4 billion people worldwide, from urban California to suburban China and rural Africa. Consumers and workers love the convenience, utility, and safety of having a connected computer in their pocket. Smartphones have become an essential daily tool. We predict 5 billion people will be using smartphones worldwide by 2030.”

ADVERTISEMENT

The full report, Half the World Owns a Smartphone, is published by Strategy Analytics, details of which can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/2ytd9ufe.

About Strategy Analytics

Strategy Analytics is a global, independent research and consulting firm. The company is headquartered in Boston, USA, with offices in the UK, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, India and China. Visit www.strategyanalytics.com for more information.

1 Numbers are rounded. User base refers to the number of people of all ages who own and use an active smartphone.

View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210624005926/en/

CONTACT: Americas Contact:

Linda Sui / +1 617 614 0735 / LSui@strategyanalytics.comEMEA Contact:

Neil Mawston / +44 1908 423 628 /NMawston@strategyanalytics.comAsia Contact:

Yiwen Wu / +44 1908 423 788 / YWu@strategyanalytics.com

KEYWORD: MASSACHUSETTS UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: CONSUMER ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY MOBILE ENTERTAINMENT SPECIALTY OTHER ENTERTAINMENT TV AND RADIO MOBILE/WIRELESS MUSIC RETAIL OTHER COMMUNICATIONS ENTERTAINMENT PUBLIC RELATIONS/INVESTOR RELATIONS GENERAL ENTERTAINMENT MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS AUDIO/VIDEO TELECOMMUNICATIONS SOFTWARE NETWORKS INTERNET HARDWARE

SOURCE: Strategy Analytics

Copyright Business Wire 2021.

PUB: 06/24/2021 02:10 PM/DISC: 06/24/2021 02:12 PM

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210624005926/en