It's no secret that feature phones are rapidly going the way of the pager as smartphones continue to dominate the mobile market.
It's now to a point that smartphone saturation among teens and young adults in the US is nearly complete. According to a new study released by Nielsen on Tuesday, 70 percent of teens aged 13 to 17 now use smartphones, and 79 percent of young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 own a smartphone. In 2012, 58 percent of American teens owned a smartphone, and in 2011 only 36 percent did.
For the third quarter, 11 percent of US cell phone users upgraded their devices and nearly four-fifths of these upgrades were to smartphones. With this increase, smartphone penetration is now at 64.7 percent for all US users, up from 62 percent in the second quarter.
What types of smartphones are these people choosing? Overwhelmingly, it's Apple and Samsung devices. Apple's iPhones grabbed 41 percent of the market share and Samsung captured 26 percent. HTC and Motorola both have 8 percent, followed by LG with 7 percent. BlackBerry's 3 percent market share continued to decline, according to Nielsen.
Nielsen notes that while smartphone usage is booming in the US, it could be tapering off as the only people left using feature phones are die-hard users.
"As the smartphone market matures in the US, adoption is reaching the late majority phase, and consumers in this group may be more reluctant to replace their feature phones," Nielsen wrote in a blog post. "Device brands may want to shift their marketing muscle to appeal to this new audience, while working to not alienate their existing bases of smartphone owners."