The world’s first proper smartphone went on sale on this day in 2007, and, love them or loathe them, Apple changed the mobile phone market for ever. Nowadays smart phones are used virtually in every aspect of our life from driving smart cars, building 3D images through mobile phone camera, opening door locks, G5 technologies, accessing things on the Internet and even discovering counterfeit medicines.
Mobile phone usage is rising in the Middle East, and the region is expected to account for the second-largest mobile phone population in the world, according to Go-Gulf research. Here are some interesting facts about smartphones used in Arab countries:
*Majority of smartphone users are in Qatar (75%), followed by UAE (73%) and Saudi Arabia (60%).
*93% of smartphone owners in the Middle East use their smartphones at home
*Smartphone users gender split: 62% of males versus 38% of females
*72% of smartphone users are less than 34 years!
*Last but not least the down points of using smartphones include social isolation and excessive e-waste. If you throw your device to a landfill, it can pollute the air and contaminate soil and drinking water
Below are some smartphone birthday greetings from social media users.