Over half of Romanians owned a smartphone in 2016-end

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More than half of Romanians (53 percent) were using a smartphone at the end of last year, which represents a rise by over four times as against the 2012-2016 period, reads a Google Consumer Barometer.

Youngsters aged over 25 are mostly using the smartphone as a personal assistant. Thus, 91% of them use the smart device, compared to 24% four years ago. 73% are surfing the net on the smartphone, 79% visit social media platforms, while half of them check their e-mails.

Three quarters of the young respondents (75%) watch video clips on their smartphones at least once a week, listen to music (66%), check the time (71%) or take photos (65%).

38% of the smartphone users in Romania say that they are accessing the Internet more frequently on their smartphones than on computer and only 17% resort to computers to surf the Internet.

Most of the respondents (31%) said that they use two smartphones, while 25% have only one device and 15% say they have three.

Internet users who adopted the smartphones a day-to-day tool globally have doubled in the past four years, mounting to 70%.

Google Consumer Barometer conducted a multiannual study made in 40 countries, Romania included. The survey is documenting 5 years of research (from 2012 to 2016), with Google and Kantar TNS interviewing over 625,000 people worldwide.

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