In 2022, the number of global smartphone users is estimated to reach 6.6 billion, marking a 4.9% year-on-year increase. This estimate is more than the number of smartphone users in 2016 of 2.9 billion, a 79% increase.
In fact, from 2016 to 2022, the total number of global smartphone users increased by an average of 10.4% annually, with the largest growth being in 2017. That year, the number of electricity users. smartphones increased by 20.9%.
Smartphones are also the most common type of mobile device. The latest smartphone user statistics show that out of all the mobile devices being used today, 76.9% are smartphones.
Reports estimate that the number of global smartphone users will continue to grow and reach 6.8 billion people by 2023. With a global population expected to be over 8 billion at that time, that could which means the smartphone adoption rate in 2023 will be around 85%. In other words, more than 8 out of every 10 people in the world will be equipped with a smartphone.
The number of smartphone users in different economies is not uniform
The number of smartphone users is quite disproportionate in its distribution across different economies. It is predicted that smartphone ownership rates are significantly higher in advanced economies including most of Europe and the US, Australia, South Korea and Japan.
An average of 76% of adults in these countries report that they own a smartphone, with the highest usage coming from South Korea, where nearly every adult (95%) is a smartphone user. smartphone use.
However, in emerging economies, smartphone use is down significantly. This is especially true in Latin American and African countries. In these markets, only 45% of adults own a smartphone, the lowest is India with less than a quarter of adults reported owning a smartphone. One of the biggest factors leading to low usage in emerging economies is their high poverty rates, which keep many people from being able to afford smartphones.