6.1bn smartphone users worldwide by 2020


IN the hustle and bustle of the modern age, smartphones have become very important devices helping people of different age groups and backgrounds with their day-to-day lives. These days, it is almost impossible to manage without smartphones.

Unlike its predecessors, smartphones are not limited to basic communication as they have conquered the business world, becoming a key source of information, including weather conditions, and maps navigation. With their countless applications as well as features and uses, smartphones put the world at the fingertips of users, leading the digital age.

Smartphones have revolutionized the way people communicate, opening up new horizons, and enabling users to send and receive text messages and make voice and video calls on social media networks, such as Facebook and Twitter. The idiom “to have the world in the palm of your hand” perhaps best describes smartphones. These multifunctional devices have cameras with exquisite precision, and email applications that users can check without the need for personal computers.

With the growth of the telecom industry, the number of smartphone users has increased significantly, and by the end of 2017, there will be five billion smartphone users worldwide. According to leading Chinese language Internet search provider Baidu Inc., smartphone subscriptions are expected to top 6.1 billion in 2020, compared to around 1.9 billion in 2013.

Saudi Arabia is ranked third in the world, with 72.8 percent of population using smart mobile devices, compared to 23 million smartphone users worldwide.

“We aim to provide quality services to satisfy the needs of our smartphone customers,” said Eddie Jun, president of LG Electronics Saudi Arabia. “We are leaders of technology development, offering the best to make the lives of our customers easier.

“Smartphones today integrate education, entertainment, and communication. They are equipped with large screens to fulfil the needs of Tweeple, as well as e-book reader applications, and media streamers. This requires ongoing development, ensuring that people enjoy comfort as they use their smartphones for browsing.”

Jun said, “LG advanced smartphones put all smart technologies at the disposal of users, facilitating the use of these devices in an innovative way. For example, LG V20 smartphone has superior videography features and exceptional audio quality that let users capture and edit amazing moments and share them on social media networks with brilliant clarity and precision. Also, LG V20 enables users to communicate and interact with their smart cities, helping them use smart applications to order taxis and rent bicycles to tour cities. People can order organic and other products online to enjoy healthy meals at home.”

Keeping up with developments in the smartphone industry is a must. Some smartphones use eye motion detection sensors for Internet browsing, or air gesture control for image viewing. Such great technological advancements require giving due consideration to many important aspects as those devices have become people’s smart companions. — SG