By the numbers

The future of smartphone growth: By the numbers

In a few short years, Earth will likely be home to more smartphones and tablets than human beings

The 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: 

7.3 billionEstimated world population by 2016, according to the United Nations

10 billionEstimated number of smartphones and tablets used worldwide by 2016, according to Cisco

1.4Mobile gadgets for every person on Earth in 2016

490 millionSmartphones sold in 2011

50Factor by which data traffic from smartphones will increase by 2016

62Factor by which data traffic from tablets will increase by 2016

71Percent of mobile traffic dedicated to watching videos on portable devices by 2016, a 25-fold increase from today

130Exabytes 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.

Sources: CNNeWeek, InformationWeekMashableZDNet

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