he mobile computers in our pockets are getting more powerful by the day. And by 2016, there could be more souped-up smartphones and tablets than there are humans. That's according to new projections from tech titan Cisco. Here, a look at Cisco's vision of future smartphone growth, by the numbers:
Estimated world population by 2016, according to the United Nations
Estimated number of smartphones and tablets used worldwide by 2016, according to Cisco
Mobile gadgets for every person on Earth in 2016
Smartphones sold in 2011
Factor by which data traffic from smartphones will increase by 2016
Factor by which data traffic from tablets will increase by 2016
Percent of mobile traffic dedicated to watching videos on portable devices by 2016, a 25-fold increase from today
Exabytes of worldwide data traffic in 2016. That's the rough equivalent of 33 billion DVDs, 4.3 quadrillion mp3 files, or 813 quadrillion text messages.
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