The number of Australians who own smartphones is rapidly rising, according to recent research, indicating that nine tenths of Australians will own one by February 2014.
The study was undertaken by AIMIA, the Digital Industry Association for Australia. It revealed that 88 per cent of Australians now own a smartphone, up from 76 per cent last year.
Those who did not own a smartphone were asked if they were intending to buy one. Their responses suggest that by February 2014 smartphones will be owned by 90 per cent of Australians, up to 93 per cent by that August.
AIMIA's study also showed how people are using their phones, with 40 per cent streaming music on their phone. This is up from 21 per cent last year.
A rise of 35 per cent was also witnessed in the number of people who use their smartphones for streaming and downloading video, up from just 12 per cent last year.