If you’re tracking the growth in smartphones around the world, we recommend the latest Mobility Report from Ericsson, which combines current stats with predictions for the years ahead. It claims that there’ll be 800m new smartphone subscriptions this year, taking the total to 2.7bn, out of 7.1bn total mobile connections across feature phones, smartphones and other devices. But by the end of 2020, it expects there to be 6.1bn smartphone subscriptions, at which point more than 90% of the world’s population – at least those over six years old – will have a mobile phone. The report also notes that China and India are driving the takeup of new mobile devices at the moment, and makes other predictions for what this growth means: a tenfold increase in video calls, for example.

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