Smartphone Statistics, History and Facts (2021)

Here are a few of the most interesting Smartphone statistics and facts I was able to dig up in my internet travels. As always, be sure to check back in the future as I will be updating this post as new and updated stats become available.

Number of people in China that watch online video content on a mobile device:

920 million 

Last updated 5/2/17

Projected number of mobile phone users in 2020:

5.7 billion

Last updated 2/28/17

Number of smartphones shipped in China in 2017:

459 million

Number of global app downloads (first time installs) in 2017:

91.5 billion

Number of global mobile game downloads (first time installs) in 2017:

35.5 billion

U.S. adults spend an average of 2 hours and 54 minutes each day doing non-voice activities on their mobile device.

Last updated 10/7/15

58% of app users become inactive within the first 30 days after downloading it.

(Last updated 9/25/15)

Average amount of time an app remains dormant before it is deleted from a phone:

12 weeks

Last updated 1/14/16

Percentage of smartphone users that replace the apps on their device at least once a month:


Last updated 1/14/16

Percentage of parents that know little or nothing about what their child does on their phone:


Last updated 1/20/16

Number of 4G smartphone users in China:

836 million

Last updated 4/26/17

Percentage of all US mobile phones that are smartphones:


Last updated 1/1/17

Percentage of smartphone users time that is spent on just five apps on their phones:


Last updated 8/7/16

Percentage of app users that stop using the app within the first month:


Last updated 8/10/16

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  • Users
  • Demographics
  • Revenue
  • Growth
  • Etc.- all in one place

I try to go through each and every stat regularly and update as much as possible, but we all know that some stats are easier to track down than others. As always, every stat is linked to its original source and has the source date listed.

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Please note that some of these numbers are easier to find than others. These Smartphone stats are based on news reports and not official company tallies. No information contained on DMR should be relied upon to make investment decisions. Basically, this is the best I can find and I don’t guarantee anything to be 100%.