The Facts


Fig. 1

Breakdown of Manufacturer Market-share.

New data from research company Gartner for the third quarter showed that Huawei's smartphone sales grew 43 per cent year-on-year. It is a major contrast to the performance of Samsung, which saw sales decline 14 per cent.



150 Mil.

Phones dumped each year


Americans who own cellphones

18 Months

Average cellphone lifespan



Fig. 2

Smartphone ownership is climbing in developing nations, but the digital divide remains.

Median smartphone adoption in developing nations rose to 37% in 2015, up from 21% in 2013, according to a Pew Research Center survey of 21 emerging and developing nations conducted in 2015. But advanced economies still have considerably higher rates of smartphone adoption, with the highest rates among surveyed countries found in South Korea, Sweden, Australia, the Netherlands and Spain. Around the globe – including in advanced economies – a digital divide in smartphone ownership still exists between the young and old, and between more educated and less educated people.