BERLIN, June 11 (Xinhua) -- Smartphones are more commonly used in Germany than conventional mobile phones with an increasing market share and business opportunities, an industry association said on Wednesday.
According to a survey by the Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (Bitkom), 55 percent of all Germans now use a smartphone at least occasionally. The share was only 41 percent a year earlier. Share of conventional mobile phone users, meanwhile, declined slightly to 52 percent.
Bitkom said the portion of smartphone users increased in all age groups within a year. Among citizens 14 to 29 years old, the share rose from 65 percent to 78 percent. Usage increased from 49 percent to 70 percent among the 30 to 45 years age group, from 40 to 47 percent among the 50 to 64 years group and from 7 to 17 percent among seniors above 65 years old.
"The smartphone has become the standard in the last seven years, all age groups are increasingly relying on smartphones," said Marco Junk, a member of Bitkom's management board.
He said the main reasons for the popularity of smartphones in Germany were the the availability of the devices in all price ranges and enormously increasing demand for mobile internet.
Junk said smartphones were drivers of digital transformation. As applications in new areas such as automotive and healthcare emerge, smartphones can change the telecommunication market and continue to become an important platform for innovative online service, he added.
"Smartphones has created a new ecosystem and offered tremendous opportunities, especially for young companies," he said.