Study: 56% of Americans 18 or Over Now Own a Smartphone

Study: 56% of Americans 18 or Over Now Own a Smartphone

According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, 56% of Americans 18 and older now own smartphones, up from 46% in February of 2012. Overall, cell phone ownership has grown from 88% in 2012 to 91%.



The number of Americans who own either an iPhone or an Android smartphone was found to have “grown dramatically” since 2011. Android owners now represent 28% of all cell owners, an increase from 15% in May 2011, while 25% of cell phone owners own an iPhone, up from 10% in May 2011. BlackBerry ownership on the other hand has fallen from 10% in May of 2011 to just 4%, while Windows Phone was found to account for just 1% of ownership.

While the iPhone and Android have similar market shares, respondents with higher income and education were much more likely to say they owned an iPhone, with 49% of respondents from households with a combined income of $150,000 or more saying they owned an iPhone. And yes, older adults preferred the iPhone over Android, with Apple’s device proving popular with adults age 55 or older.