As of February, China became the world’s biggest user of smartphones, bumping the U.S. out of the No. 1 spot.
That will likely never change, since China has 1.3 billion people compared to 313 million in the U.S., reports mobile analytics company Flurry, who first noted the rise of China.
That got us thinking. How many people use smartphones in other countries and what kinds of things do they do with them?
Number of mobile phones in use: 1.2 billion
Number of smartphones: 246 million
Fun fact: More than half (52%) of Chinese smartphone users like the device because they can use it furtively or 'without being seen easily.' China smartphone users also love apps. 27% of them use more than 21 apps on their smartphones.
Number of mobile phones in use: 128 million
Number of smartphones: 78 million
Fun fact: Japanese users love apps. They average a whopping 41 apps per phone, but they don't like social media. About one-third never use their phones for a social media site.
Bonus fun fact: Japanese scientists have developed a phone with a case that feels like human skin.
Number of mobile phones in use: 259 million
Number of smartphones: 55 million
Fun fact: Brazilian smartphone owners love social networking. 18% of the apps downloaded in Brazil are social apps--only one country downloads a higher percentage of social apps: the United States (20%), reports Latin Link.
Number of mobile phones in use: 107 million
Number of smartphones: 27 million
Fun fact: German citizens are the world's second-biggest consumers of beer (after the Czechs), so smartphone users are more likely to use their phones to search for a restaurant or pub (39%) than they are to check their bank accounts (30%), according to Google's Our Mobile Planet report.
Number of mobile phones in use: 72 million
Number of smartphones: 26 million
Fun fact: France is considering implementing a 1% 'culture tax' on smartphones, similar to the one it imposed on T.V. and radio. The money would go to fund the creation of French digital content like books, music and movies.
Number of mobile phones in use: 256 million
Number of smartphones: 22 million
Fun fact: Prisoners in Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service recently got their own smartphone apps. It lets loved ones on the outside send messages and pictures to inmates.
One problem: apparently not all inmates have smartphones. Last month authorities busted a cat trying to smuggle in phones. They were taped to her little kitty belly.
Number of mobile phones in use: 56 million
Number of smartphones: 18 million
Fun fact: In a recent survey by Apigee, Spain ranked as the most smartphone app-reliant country with 93% saying they can't get through the day without their apps, and 11% saying that can't order dinner without an app, reports Mashable.
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