Smartphone base to grow to 21% in Vietnam

The number of smartphone users in Vietnam is expected to grow to 21 percent of total mobile users this year, compared with the current 16 percent.

The number of tablet users is expected to increase to 5 percent from the current 2 percent. Faster connectivity and access to more apps is the driving force behind the increased rate of purchase of smartphones.

The download rate of mobile apps by smartphone users is also expected to see a boost of 35 to 40 percent in the next six months. Some 49 percent of the survey respondents reported using apps for social networking, 39 percent for chat, 31 percent for weather forecasts, 26 percent for news, 20 percent for maps and navigation, and 12 percent for timetables and traffic information.

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