Web application performance firm New Relic examined the role mobile phones play in our lives. There is an estimated 1.82 billion smartphones expected to be in use worldwide by the end of the year.
Here is a nice infographic the company shared in their official blog post - http://blog.newrelic.com/2013/03/13/mobile-appeal-why-the-future-is-mobile/
For every 300,000 babies born, 1.3 million Android phones are activated. According to New Relic's usage breakdown, games make up 43 percent of people's time, while social media eats up 26 percent.
On average, people check their phones 150 times a day or every 6.5 minutes — looking at the time, skimming emails, downloading a game, thumbing through photos. Add to that attention span an average 41 apps per smartphone, and you've got a recipe for a distracted disaster.
When handset owners aren't tapping their touch screens, they're watching television on their phone (168 minutes per day), using mobile apps (127 minutes), or browsing the Web (70 minutes).
Despite the massive amount of time spent on smartphones, it can be difficult for apps to make it big. Collectively, the Apple App Store and Google Play marketplace carry more than 1.5 million apps, but of those downloaded, one in four is often abandoned after initial use, never to be played with again, New Relic said. About 60 percent of iOS apps have never been downloaded from the store.
New Relic predicts an increase in the mobile app market to more than 89 billion downloads by 2015. By 2020, the company said, half of all payments will be transacted via mobile.
Also another good read from New Relic - http://blog.newrelic.com/2013/03/13/why-mobile-why-now/