Technology has advanced so much that smartphones which were a new thing in town a decade ago have quickly evolved to rapidly outnumber the total population of human beings today!
Currently, the smartphone industry is the fastest growing sector in the world today. A few more mind-blowing facts include:
- Current smartphone usage
The current number of smartphone users in the world today is an estimated 1.75 billion (almost 33%), and global smartphone usage is expected to reach approximately 6.1 billion by 2020, even outnumbering fixed phone subscriptions as well.
- Are they really slim? think again
We all get impressed with ultra-slim smartphone devices, but don’t underestimate the power of their width. If you happen to stack all smartphones in the world together in a massive queue, it would measure at least 82,285 miles, a distance which will be sufficient to cover the length if the Australian highway– one of the longest highways in the world.
- Talk about performance and speed
The computers used for Apollo 2 Mission for Moon Landing is nothing compared to smartphones today which are way faster and cheaper too. The iPhone 5s, for example, has 16,256 times greater processing speed and efficiency than the supercomputers used to conduct early NASA experiments.
- The time spent on smartphones
According to a report by Daily Mail, an average individual is said to spend more time on their smartphones and computers than on sleeping. This translates to roughly 8 hours and 41 minutes of smartphone usage daily. Again, it is estimated that smartphone users check their phones at least 110 times daily.
- Internet and data usage
Internet live stats reports that at least 40% of the population today has access to an internet connection, compared to only the 1% who had access to it in 1995. Additionally, it is speculated that more than 50% of the population today has access to a 3G internet connection which they use via a smartphone.
Smartphones are responsible for generating the highest volume of data on the web e.g. mobile phones generated 15 Exabytes of data in 2013 alone which is expected to rise even more, to a whopping 15 Exabytes per month in 2018.
- About Apps and downloads
Apps are the oxygen of smartphones. An average smartphone user has at least 12 apps on his phone on which he will spend 70% of his time.
Apple store has 1.6 million apps of which 70% are free. The most common apps downloaded nowadays are social media and networking apps such as Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, and Twitter.
- What to expect in future smartphones
Each passing year witnesses a shift in the size, shapes and functionalities of smartphones. Future mobile phones are projected to have several new qualities such as the ability to stretch, bend and fold.
Furthermore, in the near future, self-driving cars which are smartphone controllable are expected to hit the market; Google has already rolled out a prototype of such vehicles.
In conclusion, the facts as mentioned above should give you an insight into the unknown, yet powerful capabilities of your smartphone right from the early days of smartphone usage to the future of the same.