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Survey says smartphone ownership is growing worldwide, but not equally among nations

Around five billion people are owners of mobile devices and smartphone ownership is growing worldwide according to a survey conducted by Pew Research Center.

As reported by, while smartphone ownership has been growing among advanced economies and emerging economies, the growth is noticeably higher in the former with countries including South Korea, Australia, and U.S, compared to the latter with countries such as South Africa, India, and the Philippines.

The survey conducted to 30,133 people in 27 countries shows that those in advanced economies have a higher percentage of smartphone ownership compared to that of emerging economies as 95 percent from South Korea own a smartphone while 88 percent and 87 percent of those from Israel and the Netherlands own the mentioned device.

Greece has the lowest percentage of smartphone owners among advanced economies with 59 percent.

Meanwhile, South Africa and Brazil has the highest percentage of smartphone owners among emerging economies with 60 percent— one percent higher than advanced economies’ lowest, followed by Philippines with 55 percent while India has the lowest with 24 percent.

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