Pew: One-third of U.S. adults own smartphones

Smartphone adoption is continuing to surge, and Android is leading the way, a recent Pew Research Center survey finds.

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Smartphone adoption is growing in many demographics, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center.

The Pew poll estimates that 35 percent of American adults own a smartphone device. The data is based on a survey conducted in May, which found that 83 percent of U.S. adults have a cell phone, and 42 percent of those people have a smartphone.

The types of people adopting smartphones vary, but Pew found the highest concentration of individuals range from "financially well-off and well-educated; under the age of 45; and African American and Latinos."

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Internet access is critical to smartphone owners: 87 percent access the Web or e-mail on their phone, with 68 percent of that group accessing such information on a daily basis. Nearly 25 percent of smartphone owners say that their phone is the primary Internet connection in their lives, rather than the traditional desktop computer or laptop; one-third of this group also lacks a broadband connection at home.

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The most popular mobile platform--according to those polled--is Android, with 35 percent (among smartphone owners), followed by iPhone and BlackBerry with 24 percent, and Palm and Windows below 10 percent. Pew notes, "Android phones are especially common among young adults and African Americans, while iPhones and BlackBerry devices are most prevalent among college graduates and the financially well-off."

The results are based on a national bilingual telephone survey of 2,277 adults. A total of 1,522 interviews were conducted by landline phone, and 755 interviews were conducted by cell phone.