Half of Phone Owners In the US Now Use Smartphones
Smartphones now account for half of the phones used in the United States and they are becoming a very attractive option for many consumers. In the US market, Android-powered smartphones continue to be the most sought after. There are now hundreds of different Android phone models worldwide and they’re available across many different price ranges. Coupled with vast variations in hardware configurations, the flexibility of Android devices contributes significantly to their success. Now, 48 percent of smartphone buyers in the US market chose Android handsets and a further 43 percent of recent owners purchased the iPhone.
The first commercial touchscreen smartphone was the Ericsson R380 that ran on 2G GSM network. It essentially combined the standard mobile phone with features of touch-based PDA (personal digital assistant) and it was designated by the Popular Mechanics magazine as one of the most important devices in the field of technology and science. The Ericsson R380 was powered by the Symbian OS, which is now slowly being superseded by Windows Phone. The phone still used monochrome black & white display, which is covered partially by a flip. Despite its relatively sophisticated platform, users still couldn’t install third-party apps.
Apple released the iPhone in 2007, although it isn’t the first touchscreen smartphone, Apple managed to capture consumers’ attention on the real power and versatility of smartphones. At that moment, the iPhone was considered to be incredibly slim, with a huge display that occupied most of the front side and it enthralled consumers with the fluid multi-touch capability.
In October 2008, HTC Dream was released as the first Android smartphone with a smaller 3.2″ capacitive touchscreen display. Finally two years later, the Windows Phone OS was released simultaneously on ten different phone models produced by HTC, Samsung, LG and Dell.
In a couple of years, OS-less feature phones will become a smaller part of the US phone market and it means, for users, the versatility of smartphones outweighs the higher price.