Smartphones (Android, iPhone and Windows phones) are becoming increasingly popular. Manufacturers hope to sell 1 billion of them worldwide in 2014. They have large screens, good Internet connectivity and are effectively mini- computers: ideal for audio-text, video, social networking and streaming content directly from the web. In many countries, feature phones still outsell smartphones, but this is likely to change over the next few years as smartphone prices continue to fall. Popular audio Scripture apps for smartphones include:
Most cheap entry-level phones have the capacity to play MP3 files and have a small loudspeaker for personal or small group listening. Data is stored on a removable microSD card.With many phones you can transfer audio files from phone to phone using Bluetooth technology. In rural areas, people can charge their phones via 12V car battery or by solar panel. The choice of audio content is up to the user to decide what they want to keep on their phone. Popular content is shared with friends who then pass it to their friends and so on. See K Williams and L Gray, ‘The Little Phone that Could’, IJFM 27:3 Fall 2010, http://www.ijfm.org The choice of audio content is up to the user to decide what they want to keep on their phone. Popular content is shared with friends who then pass it to their friends and so on.