Smartphones in recent times have changed from luxury pieces of technology to almost essential tools for almost every businessman, tradesman and everyone in between. But smartphones are not only used to make calls or send texts and it is in fact the other uses that are now being used more often. A study from 02, a mobile network provider, has found that people now use these devices more to go online than they do to make phone calls.
They found that the typical smartphone user uses their mobile for 24.8minutes per day to browse the Internet and a further 17.5minutes checking various social networking apps. Both these times are greater than the average time spend making calls and texting, which were 12.1minutes and 10.2minutes respectively.
Historically Apple’s iPhone has dominated the market for smartphones, with over 220million devices sold in total. However more recently the increase in the availability and range of Android devices has lead to Android operated smartphones to enjoy just fewer than 50% of the market share. Many analysts believe that this is set to change though with the release of the iPhone 5 around September. J.P.Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz states that the “revolutionary hardware enhancements” stand to reinstate iPhone as the leading smartphone in 2013.