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Mobile Devices Now Account For 20% Of Global Internet Browsing

Once upon a time, computers were the only way to browse internet. Then along came smartphones and tablets, and things changed. Now, a market research firm has revealed, mobile browsers account for more than 20% of all browsing.


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In 2009, the radical shift from destop-based browsing to mobile-based browsing was only beginning. Back then, a whopping 98.9 percent of all online browsing was done through desktop machines. Over the later years, this has changed rapidly.

A number of things have contributed to this. Desktop sales have slumped significantly while mobile devices are sold by hundreds of millions over each passing year. At the same time, better and lighter mobile browsers have been released in recent years, making browsing a more convenient function on mobile devices.

It is the result of these factors that desktop-based browser usage has declined to 80% while mobile browsers have come to account for nearly 20% of all internet browsing, according to StatCounter. It must be noted here that tablets which are quite close to laptops in terms of looks and design, are not categorized as PCs. So a tablet-based browser is also considered a mobile browser.

Another market research firm, Net Applications, has released slightly different numbers. According to the company’s estimations, nearly 13.2 percent of online traffic to its website came from mobile devices while 86.2 percent came from personal computers. There is not a marked difference in the numbers from StatCounter and those from Net Applications. And they agree to the same fact that mobile browsers are quickly becoming the primary choice of internet users around the globe.

Courtesy: Tech Hive

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