Stick with us for this: In the days before smartphones, Japan had the smartest phones by far. However, as the West jumped on BlackBerry and Symbian, and more recently iPhone and Android, Japan was slower to make the transition from ‘feature phones’ to fully-fledged smartphones. That’s changing fast though: comScore claims that smartphones have just overtaken feature phones in Japan in terms of new handset sales for the first time. By the end of February 2012, more than 19.3m Japanese people owned smartphones, with 61.4% of them being Android devices and 34.2% being iPhones, with Windows Phone taking a 3.9% share, and others 0.5%. comScore also has data on what all mobile users in Japan have been doing on their phones: 55.4% use apps, 52.4% use the browser, 19.5% use social networking sites or blogs, and 18.8% watch TV and/or video. Alas, no data on how many are listening to music – a strange omission.

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