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Study: Nearly Half of American Adults Own Smartphones

On the final day of the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Washington D.C.-based think tank Pew Research Center released a report showing that there are more American adults who own smartphones than "basic" phones. While the overall percentage of smartphone owners hasn't quite reached the majority of the American population, this is the first time that smartphone owners have edged ahead of their counterparts.

According to Pew, nearly half (46%) of American adults are smartphone owners as of February 2012, an increase of 11 percentage points over the 35% of Americans who owned a smartphone last May. On the other hand, two in five adults (41%) own a cell phone that is not a smartphone.

The movement towards complete smartphone adoption comes off the heels of the largest Mobile World Congress, the world's largest exhibition for the mobile industry—featuring CEOs representing mobile device manufacturers and vendors from around the world, and of course Google's recent declaration that they're activating 850,000 Android devices a day. What an exciting time to be a mobile developer!


This is not shocking, it's convenient and beneficial for them. More American’s than ever have a smart phone or tablet, and they are quickly replacing the common laptop and desktop. With this comes more shopping from the smartphones than ever. With new technology comes new ways to be wise with your money. There are still several ways to save money while using your smartphone