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How Do People Use Their Smartphones

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Smartphones are becoming an increasingly common sight in the hands of the population, as more people begin to realize their value. The sheer scale of tasks that you can complete on a smartphone is staggering. There are apps that can take on nearly any task you want, and keep you updated while you're out and about.

Of course, with all these smartphone options available, many people are asking one simple question - how do the majority of smartphone owners use the time on their phone?




One of the most prevalent uses of smartphones by the general public is to play games. Sixty-one percent of users download games on their smartphones, compared to 52 percent of feature phone users. It is unclear why so many people are using the majority of their time on smartphones to play games. Perhaps, since the technology is still relatively new, people see it as a luxury, or it may be as simple as using smartphones as a way to unwind and relax. The popularity of games like Angry Birds shows that gaming on smartphones is not going to diminish any time soon.


Calling and Texting

Of course, the majority of people will use their phone for the originally intended purposes of calls and texts. Thirty-one percent of all cell phone calls and texts in the U.S. are made on a smartphone, with this figure expected to reach 43 percent by 2015.

As an added bonus, call features can be customized on the phone. For example, you can assign a specific ringtone or adjust the call volume for individual contacts. You can also program your phone to 'sleep' at night and occasionally 'wake up' to receive text messages at certain intervals, helping you get a solid night's rest without disruption.


According to a Nielsen study published in a September 2010 New York Times article, applications monitoring the weather were the second most downloaded genre of apps. Over 55 percent of people have an app on their phone for checking weather predictions all over the world. In a similar vein, maps and navigational apps are the next most popular, downloaded by just over 50 percent of smartphone users.

Social Networking

Perhaps rather surprisingly for some, apps that allowed users to access social networking platforms on their phone are further down the priority list. According to the Nielsen study, only 49 percent of people have access to an app that allows them to carry out their social networking needs on the move. Of these apps, the usual players, Facebook and Twitter, are the most popular.

Smartphones are becoming more and more vital for both business and consumer users, as it is already clear that people are using their phones for a wide range of activities. As technology continues to evolve, we're sure to find even more uses for smartphones.

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