Smartphones are hugely popular in the UK and many other countries around the world and to help ensure they are able to use their devices, people sometimes have to source replacement batteries.
Indeed, demand for items like this may be rising. It has been revealed that the global smartphone population has exceeded one billion for the first time.
According to Strategy Analytics, a total of 1.038 billion handsets were in use during the third-quarter of this year. This was a rise of 47 per cent compared with the same period in 2011. Now, around one in seven people worldwide own a handheld device that operates like a computer.
Meanwhile, the Boston-based industry research firm predicted that usage will double by 2015. This may be mirrored by further increases in demand for replacement battery products.
Scott Bicheno, senior analyst at the company, said: “By the third quarter of 2011, we estimate there were 708 million smartphones in use worldwide. After a further year of soaring demand, the number of smartphones in use worldwide reached 1.038 billion units during the third quarter of 2012.”
Also commenting on the findings, fellow expert at Strategy Analytics Neil Mawston said: “We estimate one in seven of the world’s population owned a smartphone in the third quarter of 2012. Smartphone penetration is still relatively low.
“Most of the world does not yet own a smartphone and there remains huge scope for future growth, particularly in emerging markets such as China, India and Africa. The first billion smartphones in use worldwide took 16 years to reach, but we forecast the next billion to be achieved in less than three years, by 2015.”
When consumers are on the lookout for new batteries for their mobiles, they often head online. This can be a quick and convenient method of sourcing the products.