More than half of Canadians are now smartphone users, according to a report released by Google Inc. The report, dated May 2013, found that smartphone penetration rose from 33 per cent in 2012 to 56 per cent this year. It also found that 79 per cent of smartphone owners won’t leave home without their devices, while two-thirds reported using them daily over the past week. “Smartphones have become so important to consumers that 35% would rather give up TV than their smartphone,” the report said. It said 90 per cent of smartphone owners use their phones for communication and entertainment, such as email and browsing the Internet, while 66 per cent use them to stay informed using websites, news, and other resources. Users had an average of 30 apps installed on their phone, while 75 per cent reported watching video on their phones, and 78 per cent reported using the devices to visit social networks. The report found that 89 per cent of users have looked for local information using their phones, with 57 per cent using their device to look up local information weekly and 20 per cent reporting doing so daily. Just over three quarters of users used their phone to research a product or service, the report said. The research was conducted earlier this year, in partnership with Ipsos MediaCT and is based on online interviews with 1,000 Canadian adults.