A new report from research firm Ovum suggests that smartphone owners may be using their phones too much and may not be using the proper accessories for them.
Ovum found that while the number of people using their smartphones with batteries in excess of their battery capacity has remained relatively stable over the past few years, the number using external batteries has more than tripled in the past five years.
Ovums report found that the use of external battery cases grew from 6 percent in 2015 to 21 percent in 2020, and by 2020 that number was up to 56 percent.
This increase in the use and abuse of external batteries is driven by the fact that they can be a good source of battery life for people who aren’t in a rush to buy an iPhone, Android, or Microsoft Surface Pro tablet.
The report also found that, while the majority of people report that they are using their phone a lot, many of them are still not using the right accessories to do so.
The number of devices that have a USB Type-C connector is growing, with the majority coming from the OnePlus 3 and 4, which have both USB Type C ports.
The USB Type B port is also growing, which is also seen on the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 6.
But the biggest growth has been seen in the number used with external battery covers, which grew from less than 10 percent of devices in 2016 to around 25 percent in 2021.
The biggest issue for consumers is that it’s difficult to charge the phones without the cover.
This can lead to problems when charging a phone, including battery issues.
Ovus also found an increase in users who reported that they would purchase the device if they could charge their phone using a USB-C port instead of a regular power cable.
Ovuses findings come on the heels of Ovum’s latest report on the battery life of devices sold in the U.S. The company says that consumers who have spent the past year charging their phones with an external battery cover will likely see a decrease in battery life by the time the phones are ready to ship.
“The trend in battery power consumption and battery life has increased since last year,” Ovum says.
“Most smartphones have more internal power capacity than external power, and with a full charge the internal capacity is likely less than the external capacity.
This means that with less than full charge, the internal battery capacity will decline in percentage terms.”
In the report, Ovum notes that, because the data is based on two years of data, it is not a complete snapshot of the battery power used by smartphone owners, but it does provide an insight into how much extra battery life a device may have.
While this data is not necessarily accurate, Ovums data does indicate that consumers are likely to spend more time using their devices with an accessory to charge them up rather than a charging cord.