Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Over half of US teens have a smartphone

Everyone knows that Android holds just over half of the US smart phone market, but what is interesting now is the market regarding teens.

According to Nielsen, 58 percent of American teens between 13 and 17 now have a smartphone -- that's a big jump from 36 percent a year earlier. What this also shows is that teens now have a definite say in how the smartphone market is going.

Just think about it. There are million of kids in the United States. In this day and age, many have a phone, at least somewhere around the 6th or 7th grade, if not earlier. Over half of those kids have a smartphone.

From the chart above, and slightly hinted in the past paragraphs, you can see that Android clearly is the most used type of smartphone. That can be self explanatory. Many OEM's that ship smartphones ship Android for many reasons, one being that is almost as easy to use as iOS.

Also shown from the chart above is how little there are of BlackBerry's. A mere few years ago, this phone blew up, especially with business people. Everyone was using it. Features like encrypted messages was a major selling point. The point is that look how low BlackBerry usage is getting!. No wonder why RIM, the makers of the BlackBerry, is having trouble with its business.

As for the other section, I have no idea what type of smartphone's they are. Must be smartphone wanna-be's, but it has just enough features and functionality to be classified as a smartphone.

Of course, what are your thoughts on this? A popular topic that arises is should kids even have a phone? Much less then a smartphone? Let me know of your thoughts in the comments below.