Asia ‘Loves’ Smartphones Over Pcs


Well, no prizes for guessing it. A survey done recently has revealed that Asians are way ahead than their Western counterparts when it comes to the surfing the internet on smartphones.

The survey further revealed that the greater usage of smartphones has put the continent on top in replacing personal computers with smartphones.

The survey which was done by Google and market research firm TNS in countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China and South Korea lead to the conclusion that the world in using smartphones to access the internet.

While Singapore topped the smartphone use for internet at 85% — up from 72% last year — South Korea came as a run up with 80% — up from 70% last year, revealed the Consumer Barometer Survey that sampled 150,000 interviewees across 56 countries.

Other countries like Malaysia, Taiwan and Hong Kong reached 50% smartphone use.

Julian Persaud, managing director, Google South-east Asia, said the surprising element is how fast things have moved in terms of penetration.

He further said, widespread smartphone ownership is changing consumer behavior.

People are now searching for things such as car insurance, movie tickets, flights and hotels — far ahead of the US in some markets, the findings noted.

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