According to Pew Internet, that may be true. See the research below for more details.
Nearly half of American adults are smartphone owners
46% of American adults now own a smartphone of some kind, up from 35% in May 2011; Smartphone owners now outnumber users of more basic phones
Nearly half (46%) of American adults are smartphone owners as of February 2012, an increase of 11 percentage points over the 35% of Americans who owned a smartphone last May. As in 2011, our definition of a smartphone owner includes anyone who said yes to either of the following two questions:
- 45% of cell owners say that their phone is a smartphone, up from 33% in May 2011
- 49% of cell owners say that their phone operates on a smartphone platform common to the US market*, up from 39% in May 2011
Taken together, just over half of cell owners (53%) said yes to one or both of these questions and are classified as smartphone owners. Since 88% of US adults are now cell phone owners, that means that a total of 46% of all American adults are smartphone users. Two in five adults (41%) own a cell phone that is not a smartphone, meaning that smartphone owners are now more prevalent within the overall population than owners of more basic mobile phones.
* These include the iPhone and Blackberry, as well as phones running the Android, Windows or Palm operating systems.
– Randall Noval