THE spotlight has swung around to phones this week, with the revelation that over half of us now use a smartphone.
If you have not got a touchscreen driven phone that surfs the web, picks up your emails on the move, takes pictures, shows videos, plays games, operates as a satnav, plays music, picks up FM radio, oh, and makes the occasional voice call, you are now officially in the minority.
So say the bookishly named Kantar WorldPanel ComTech, who published a report stating that 50.3 per cent of those living within our shores now have one.
They also report smartphone software market share based on sales over the past three months. This says that Google Android, with half of the sales, and Apple, with 29 per cent, currently dominate the scene. This leaves just 21 per cent shared between the others.
Android phones will get another boost following the announcement of product launches at next week’s Mobile World Congress exhibition in Barcelona for two new Samsung Galaxy phones, the Ace 2 and Mini 2, and three new LG Optimus models, the L3, L5 and L7.
Meanwhile, landline phones were included by one industry pundit in a list of ‘10 things your kids will laugh at you for owning’. ‘Remember when we used to call buildings instead of people?’ he asked. He has a point. The only reason for having a phone connection along a wire these days is because that wire delivers a broadband service and the phone is a part of the package.
Those who have yet to own a home and have had a cellphone since schooldays will wonder what a landline phone is for!