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Smartphone users worldwide 2016-2021

How many people have smartphones worldwide?

Smartphones are becoming a bigger part of daily life for many people across the globe. The number of users has already reached 3 billion, and this figure is only expected to climb over the next few years. China, India, and the United States are the countries with the highest number of smartphone users, with these countries alone accounting or 1.46 billion users.

Smartphone unit sales levelling off

In the past five years, about 1.37 billion smartphones were sold worldwide annually, a slight decrease in smartphone shipments from 2018. This comes on the back of a run of limited growth in the market, with sales of around 1.4 billion units in each year since 2015. The smartphone market still has high growth potential though, as the smartphone penetration rate is still lower than 80 percent in many highly populated countries, in particular China and India. The median penetration rate in so-called advanced economies sits at 76 percent. The revenue of the global smartphone market continued to increase over the last few years, despite stagnating unit sales - due to a growing average selling price of smartphones.

Samsung, APple and Huawei are the leading smartphone vendors

The leading smartphone vendors today are Samsung, Apple, and Huawei. Taken together the three technology companies account for about half of all smartphone shipments worldwide. When looking at global smartphone shipments by vendor, all three shipped at least 195 million smartphones in 2019. Samsung led the way with more than 296 million smartphone unit shipments.

Number of smartphone users from 2016 to 2021

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Release date

September 2019



Survey time period

2016 to 2019

Supplementary notes

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