We are living in an era where communications become a necessity and there are a lot of means of communication but the most common now days are mobile phones. In today’s time, it’s very hard to find a person who doesn’t own a mobile phone. It is the easiest and simplest way to connect with others. Some years back a mobile phone was just a mean of communication but now with the latest technology we can have so many other benefits and so many useful apps on our finger tips.
This statistic shows the number of smartphone users in Saudi Arabia from 2011 to 2018. For 2018, the number of smartphone users in Saudi Arabia is estimated to reach 24.02 million.
The number of smartphone users in the MEA region is expected to be on the rise in the coming years. In Saudi Arabia, for example, the number is projected to grow to almost 25 million by 2019. Although affordability led to a smartphone boom in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region in the past few years, its smartphone market growth has been slowing down, mirroring the global trend.
Smartphone penetration continues to rise across the MEA region in 2016, in parts due to its functionalities. By 2019, half of the population is forecast to be mobile internet users. The growth of the mobile payment industry also influenced the increasing number of smartphone users. The share of mobile users who have made a mobile payment in Middle East & Africa is expected to grow in the future, albeit at a slower rate than other countries. In 2015-16, Saudi Arabia was home to the second largest mobile online shopping user base out of the Middle East countries. Almost a quarter of the population made an online purchase via phone that year.