Smartphones Take Over, Pew Says

Still using that old Razr? You’re in the minority now.

More U.S. adults own a smartphone than those who have traditional handsets as more folks use mobile devices to surf the Web, check e-mail or edit photos, according to a Pew Research Center report.

Nearly half, or 46 percent, of U.S. adults own a smartphone, up from 35 percent last May, according to a survey completed last month by Pew’s Internet & American Life Project. About two in five adults, or 41 percent, say they don’t own a smartphone.

“Nearly every major demographic group — men and women, younger and middle-aged adults, urban and rural residents, the wealthy and the less well off — experienced a notable uptick in smartphone penetration,” the report said.

Growth among smartphone users is benefitting Google Inc., which provides Android software to device makers, and Apple Inc., which sells iPhone handsets and iPad tablets. During the fourth quarter, Android grabbed 51 percent of the global smartphone market while Apple’s devices snatched 24 percent, according to Gartner Inc.

Other highlights from Pew’s report:

  • 20 percent of cell owners said they had Android phones, up from 15 percent last May.
  • 19 percent said they had iPhones, up from 10 percent in May.
  • 6 percent said they had Blackberry handsets, down from 10 percent in May.

While there was widespread growth in smartphones, some demographic groups are still slower to adopt then others. Just 13 percent of seniors are smartphone users, up from 11 percent last year. Also, high school graduates trail those with a college education.

And while both genders are using smartphones more, men still  hold the edge with 49 percent compared with 44 percent of women. Still, the gap shrunk from last year when it was 8 percentage points.

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