By Stephen Schenck | December 13, 2011 6:47 PM
We’ve got smartphones. You’ve got smartphones. At times it may seem like that’s the only real option anymore, but the vast majority of world mobile phone users are still relying on more basic models. Just how far has smartphone popularity come? A new study takes a look at the situation, breaking-down smartphone adoption rates by nation.
Globally, we’re only looking at about 10% of the population owning a smartphone. In Singapore, practically everyone has one, and it holds the top spot with a population of 90% smartphone owners. Hong Kong follows-up with 61%, then Sweden at 52%, and we see a whole bunch of major European nations all settling-in with adoption rates in the mid-40s.
There are a couple figures that may be surprising, like the US and South Korea’s relatively meager showings, with just 35% and 34%, respectively. Even Japan, known for its population’s affinity for technology, has only 14% of its citizens equipped with a smartphone.
Ultimately, the nation-by-nation averages are pulled way down by the most populous countries having some of the lowest smartphone figures. Just 6% of China’s population has a smartphone, and a mere 3% of India’s. We may have come quite the way towards seeing every man, woman, and child (who’s old enough to be responsible with one, at least) with their own smartphone, but there’s still a long way to go.