A Flurry of Smartphone Activity
The adoption of smartphones has exceeded that of any other consumer technology, according to app intelligence company Flurry.
With an estimated 640m iOS and Android devices in use in July 2012, Flurry reckons smartphones have been adopted ten times the adoption of desktop PCs in the 1980s, twice as fast as the internet in the 1990s, and three times faster than social media - apparently, people are getting more tech-savvy and quick to adopt.
The US remains the largest single market, but is likely to be overtaken by China before the end of the year, where the smartphone market grew by 401 per cent year-on-year - and the US dominance of the apps market is also declining, with 64 per cent of all app sessions now taking place in other countries.
All four of the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries are in the top 10 growth markets; meanwhile, Singapore, Hong Kong and Sweden are all approaching smartphone saturation. South Korea and the United Kingdom have, respectively, the second and third largest smartphone populations, at roughly 60m and 50m apiece.
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