Intel research finds smartphones are being used less to make phone calls and more to text and browse the Internet, as well as to use rich media—and manufacturers are working hard to keep up with these needs. Look for smart-phones, -books and -tablets with richer media capabilities in 2010. R.C.J.
The smarter phones today are seldom used to make old-fashioned phone calls, challenging manufacturers to keep up with what users want. The U.S. Census Bureau reported this week that mobile phone users spend more time texting than talking—sending an average of 407 text messages per month, more than doubling last year's statistics, with teens averaging 2,000 text messages per month, according to the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. The fact that media usage has surpassed voice calls did not surprise the People and Practices Research Group (PaPR) at Intel Labs (Beaverton, Ore.), which for more than a decade has been anticipating computer users' needs.
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