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Number of smartphone users in the U.S. from 2010 to 2018 (in millions)

 Number of smartphone users in millions
2010 62.6
2011 92.8
2012 122
2013 144.5
2014* 163.9
2015* 182.6
2016* 196.7
2017* 209.7
2018* 220
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This forecast shows the anticipated number of smartphone users in the U.S. from 2014 to 2018, based on figures from 2010 to 2013. The source estimates that there will be more than 196 million smartphone users in the U.S. by the year 2016.


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Advances in telecommunication technology have been significant in recent years. These advances have meant that the population has a level of connectedness never seen before. The number of smartphone users in the US has been rising steadily for some years now and forecasts estimate that smartphone penetration in North America will also continue to rise steadily into the future. The United States is one of the leading countries in the world with respect to adoption of smartphone technology.

In America the most popular brands are Samsung and Apple, with respect to handset manufacturers, while the most popular smartphone operating systems / platforms with respect to market share are none other than Google Android and Apple’s own operating system, iOS. Other operating systems, such as Symbian, Blackberry OS, Bada and Windows have struggled to maintain a foothold in the market as iOS and Android clearly dominate the field.

The first official smartphones came onto the market in the early 1990s. Initially a smartphone was classified by its ability to offer features like e-mail capability, internet access, QUERTY keyboards, personal digital assistant functions and perhaps a built-in camera. As of today, smartphones have progressed even more and we typically classify smartphones as having a high definition touchscreen, various apps, navigation tools and high-speed internet on the go. More recently sales of smartphones have even exceeded that of traditional feature phones as smartphone usage has continued to rise.

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