I just decided to briefly describe those things that were remembered or caught the eye during my stay in Tokyo (I went to the Tokyo Game Show), related to smartphones in particular and portable electronics in general. True, this is not entirely about Android, but the topic is close, agree?
On the subway, most people have iPhones, yes yes. Naturally, my sample, based on observations during three, four daily trips in the Tokyo subway, is not at all indicative, but still. I saw almost all people in their hands Apple iPhone, mainly 5 and 5S, new models are less common, 'fours' are probably also found, I did not pay attention. The clamshells, which I noticed a lot here in Tokyo three years ago, are now almost gone, despite the fact that on every subway trip I tried to see who has what smartphones and phones around. You rarely come across devices from Sony, the rest is very small. The contrast is especially noticeable with Beijing, where literally everyone has Samsungs on the subway.
Many people have smartphones in the subway. That is, it is understandable that today most people have a smartphone, but if in the Moscow metro, for example, I see a smartphone in the hands of every third, and sometimes fourth or fifth passenger, then in Tokyo it is not uncommon for the whole car to sit on one side. ' in smartphones'. That is 10-15 people in a row. In general, this is about every second passenger, it seemed to me.
During the week I saw very little e-books or any other devices, the same tablets. To be precise, the book in the hands of a metro passenger was seen only once (Kindle), and tablets came across about 2-3 times a day. At the same time, the book was in the hands of the woman and she, of course, read from it, but all the time I noticed tablets in the hands of young people playing some wild games that require constant pressing of buttons. Probably, the smartphone screen is too small for such a task and people are switching to a tablet.
In Japan, it is not customary to leave a smartphone with the ringing on in public places, as far as I understand. In the metro and trains, there are signs everywhere reminding that it is better to switch the device to silent mode, here it is called 'manner mode', and if you are near places for the disabled, the elderly and pregnant women, it is recommended to turn off your smartphone altogether or go to another part carriage. This was done, probably taking into account the fact that people with pacemakers or other devices can sit in these places so that there is no unnecessary risk of exposure to extraneous electronics on their work. So, for most of them, the sound is really muted, and no one even speaks on the phone in the subway and in the electric trains, although several times a week I still heard a 'ringtone' in the subway car.
Photo from the site blogs.timeout.jp
And one more funny banner, photo from stephendavidsmith.net
In Tokyo, there are a lot of ads for smartphone games on iOS and Android, they are shown on screens in subway cars, on special ad units in passages and even on the street. The money on the free-to-play games market is spinning very large, a simple example: the largest and most spectacular booth at the Tokyo Game Show is at the developers of f2p, a game for smartphones. Accordingly, I often saw people playing in the metro, much more often than in the Moscow metro, for example.
photo from gamemag.ru