Growth in Mobile: Smartphone Use in 2015

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It comes as no surprise to learn that smartphone use has surged in the last couple of years. That is probably, after all, one of the main reasons why your organization decided to create a mobile application in the first place. As it stands, mobile is the place to be and there is no end in sight.

The number of smartphone users in the U.S. has been rising steadily for some years now.  Indeed, a Pew Research Center study published in April reported that nearly 2/3 of Americans now own a Smartphone. Young adults top the charts with 85% owning a smartphone.

Forecasts estimate that smartphone penetration in North America will also continue to rise steadily into the future.


But not only do Americans own smartphones, they increasingly rely on them more and more. 19% of Americans are “smartphone-dependent”, relying to some degree on a smartphone to go online, either by not having internet access at their homes, not having other devices to access it or both

Offering content in a mobile-friendly format has never been more important.

Smartphones certainly play a central role in our lives, but what are people doing with them? The majority of smartphone owners use their phones to share and be informed about happenings in their local community and help them navigate the world around them. A substantial number also use mobile to save money.

With community information, social media sharing options, navigation assistance and mobile coupons, your Bar-Z app is a vital resource for linking your organization to your audience in useful and effective ways. Consider that -

  • 56% use their phone at least occasionally to learn about community events or activities, with 18% doing this “frequently.”
  • 67% use their phone to share pictures, videos, or commentary about events happening in their community, with 35% doing so frequently.
  • 67% of smartphone owners use their phone at least occasionally for turn-by-turn navigation while driving, with 31% saying that they do this “frequently.”
  • 40% of U.S. smartphone users will redeem a mobile coupon in 2015.

The world of mobile will continue to evolve but we’ll help you stay ahead of the curve with relevant information and features that meet your audience where they want to be. Bar-Z is your partner in mobile success!