In the late 90s, smartphones came into the consumer market with lots of innovating capabilities and they gained popularity in less than a decade. In 2007, Apple Inc. revolutionized the industry by offering more customer friendly features such as touch screen interface and virtual keyboard. In 2008 the first smartphone running on Android was introduced to the late market.
This industry has been developing steadily and the size of the market is rapidly increasing, smartphone sales worldwide are projected to increase by as much as 1.71 billion by the year 2020. By 2018 over a third of the world population is expected to have a projected total of nearly 2.53 billion smartphone users in the world. About a quarter of all smartphone users in the world by 2018 would be located in China. In 2016 China had a smartphone market of more than 133.6 billion U.S. dollars. The trending smartphone vendors in China are Huawei, Apple, Oppo, and Vivo.
Until the first quarter of 2011, a worldwide leading smartphone vendor with 24 percent of market share was Nokia. Today there are much more smartphone companies worldwide which includes Samsung, Apple, Huawei, Lenovo and Google with the pixel smartphones.
A research study from “Pew Research Center Internet and American life project,” discovered that 61 percent of Americans own a smartphone and 91 percent of the adult population own some type of mobile phone. On the top, 58 percent of men and 48 percent of women are suffering from Nomophobia which means that they have a fear of being without a smartphone. They become very anxious when they're away from their phones.
Research conducted by psychologists also found that young adults use their phones an average of 5 hours a day which is nearly one-third of their total working hours of the day.
A study indicated that more than one-third of teens are spending the majority of their time on a smartphone.
New research conducted by “Common Sense Media” confirms that fifty percent of teens think that they are addicted to their smartphones. These teens have admitted that they spend too much of their time using their mobile devices. Nearly 80 percent of teenagers admitted that they check their phones hourly. Most of the people have a tendency to check their phones without any reason and keep turning the screen on to check if they have a new notification, message or a missed call.
Sleeping right next to the smartphone has become a common trend, especially among the younger people. There are many people who limit their interaction with other people and cut themselves off from real life experiences because they spend too much time using their smartphone. 63 percent of the people who use gadgets before their bedtime has stated that they did not get proper sleep during the night. Many car accidents occur also occur as a result of people using their smartphones while driving. Please use your smartphone responsibly.