There are now over 1 billion smartphone users on the planet

There are now over 1 billion smartphone users on the planet
In Q3 of 2012, a pretty significant milestone has been reached, according to a study by the research experts at Strategy Analytics. It is estimated that the total number of smartphone owners worldwide has surpassed the 1 billion mark for the first time ever since smartphones came to be back in 1996. In comparison, the figure stood at 0.7 billion at the end of Q3, 2011. That's huge!

Think of it this way: one in seven people around the globe have some kind of a smartphone, be it an iPhone, an Android handset, a Symbian device, or any kind of phone worthy of being called smart. But what's even more exciting is that the numbers are to go higher at an even more ridiculous pace, if the research is correct.

The folks at Strategy Analytics believe that the number of smartphone owners in the world will reach 2 billion no later than 2015. That's pretty astonishing considering that the first billion took well over a decade to reach. Furthermore, the Android user base alone will surpass the 1 billion mark in 2013, if it keeps growing at the predicted rates. All of that is because there is still a huge potential for growth, especially in markets like China, India, and African countries.

In September, Apple announced that it has shipped over 400 million iOS devices worldwide. Currently, it is estimated that over 500 million Android devices have been activated so far, with 1.3 million more going live each day.

source: Strategy Analytics



1. iWorld

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I am glad being one of them

2. KazEmpire

Posts: 39; Member since: Nov 07, 2011

1 Billion Android Soldiers in 2013 ! Google is Conquering The World!!!

3. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Android will continue to grow and rule this planet!

7. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

nope android wont rule the planet........too much of a fanboy comment

4. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

And don't be shocked to see the number become over 9 billion soon.

6. g2a5b0e unregistered

If by soon, you mean not soon at all. The world population just hit 7 billion. You do the math.

5. iphoneuser1103

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Mostly iphone users

8. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

yeah no some people have sense and know there are better out there, bet theres more nokia and bb still

9. Lawliet

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

You didn't even read the article, did you ?

11. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Considering how many cheap Android devices there are, id say Apple is a big winner. Sure Android has more users but they have $30 prepaid android phones.

12. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

big winner of what? what has it won at? seriously its not a winner anymore its playing catchup. if your talking about the iphone in general still not a winner, nokia, BB, motorola all made more of a mark then apple

14. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

A winner in dollars fool. -More app $$$ -Profitable Phones -Profitable accessories Yes Android has more shares but considering just how cheap Android devices are its a no brainer. If there were cheaper iPhones on prepaid networks, we'd be talking about how the iPhone has more market shares. Don't be a fanboy chaoticrazor. Im no Apple fanboy, infact I have 2 Android devices and prefer Windows Phone over both but c'mon man. Androids success is based on inexpensive models which AREN'T PROFITABLE :-) Google gets a huge amount of profit in ADVERTISEMENTS :-( I feel as though I should stop going on but I feel the fanboy base here doesn't have a high enough I.Q. to follow. See.. you could sell 6 units and earn $10 profit where I can sell 4 units and make $20 profit. Yes Apple is greedy (ifans hate me now too :-) ). They charge carriers too much no arguments here. Oh P.S. id say Apple has been successful because IOS came out first and companies such as Samsung use Apples patents :-)

16. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

''I feel as though I should stop going on but I feel the fanboy base here doesn't have a high enough I.Q. to follow.'' your arrogant. your not smarter then most on here so come off your high horse second this is an article on smartphones in general, yet look how quick you are to give apple the credit for most of it, and you say your no fanboy. also where did i mention android in my comment see like a fanboy when you saw i disagree that apple ''won'' you automatically attack android phones. all i said that smartphones owe more to nokia motorola etc then apple. take nokia as an example apple will never make as big a mark on the mobile industry as nokia. ohh let me guess your gonna shout this is a fanboy comment right.

18. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Hmm your right you didn't mention Android. My apologies. I was reading other articles and yours and mashed it together. Im no Apple fanboy, but as of late they are squashing BB and Nokia (which im a fan of) is hurting and could potentially be bought out by a company such as Apple. Motorola speaks for itself. I have a Motorola and its just awful! But ill man up to my mistake! My arrogance got the best of me! I wont however retract from my statement and say Apple is still the big winner thus far. Especially when the 3 you mentioned have tried to make "iPhone killers" and thus far have come up short.

19. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

the ''iphone killer'' term i think is stupid now as the iphone shouldn't be the benchmark of a great smartphone. besides the fact people have differant preferences the latest iphone has failed to deliver other flagship phones are better and more functional as for motorola and nokia failing to compete lets say. well mototrola make good devices generally but just nothing that has staying power. once there released there forgotten about. nokia well they look to be on the right track the lumia 920 undoubtedly is ahead of the iphone 5. most comes to preference on OS. so i wouldn't say apple is the big winner, yeah there big in the market right now but there is some strange loyalty from fans that contribute to that.

10. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

Just 1 billion???? theres got to be more than that

15. yajia1

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Just a little over 1billion? Gosh. Maybe you're doing it wrong! Even beggars in my country have their $10 android 'smart'phones! Maybe this is just for the US?

17. g2a5b0e unregistered

Yes, it's just for the U.S. There are over 1 billion smartphone users in a country with a population of just over 300 million.

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