The 56% reading is a huge increase from the 35% of Americans that said they owned a smartphone in the spring 2011 survey, and is also up from the 46% seen last year. This year's report also shows that a majority of smartphone owners in the U.S. have attended college with 78% of them earning more than $75,000 a year. A whopping 79% of those in the 18 to 24 year old group owns a smartphone. On the other hand, 18% of those over 65 are carrying a smartphone. Certainly that demographic usually feels more at home with the Samsung Jitterbug. Meanwhile, 40% of U.S. Apple iPhone owners say that they earn over $75,000 a year compared to the 31% of Android users who say that they earn the same amount.
In the U.S., 28% of all cellphone owners (not just those with a smartphone), say they own an Android handset while 25% say that they are the owner of an Apple iPhone. Two years ago, 10% of U.S. handset owners said that the phone in their pocket was a BlackBerry. Today, that number has dwindled to 4%.
source: Pew via AllThingsD