Mobile and tablet internet usage surpasses desktop for first time

Global internet usage on smartphones and tablets exceeded desktop usage for the first time, according to October statistics from web analytics firm StatCounter.

Internet usage on mobile devices has exceeded desktop for the first time worldwide, according to web analytics company StatCounter.

StatCounter Global Stats found that mobile and tablet devices accounted for 51.3 percent of worldwide internet usage in October, compared to 48.7 percent via desktop.

“This should be a wake-up call especially for small businesses, sole traders, and professionals to make sure that their websites are mobile friendly,” said Aodhan Cullen, StatCounter CEO.

“Mobile compatibility is increasingly important not just because of growing traffic but because Google favours mobile friendly websites for its mobile search results.”

Mobile overtook the desktop for Google searches last October when it was averaging 100 billion searches a month.

Google introduced a free online tool in June called Test My Site that tests how good or poor a website is for mobile devices and then provides recommendations on what to fix.

In October, the search engine giant then announced it would break out a mobile-only search index that will deliver more up-to-date results to smartphones than the ones it provides to desktop users. According to Search Engine Land, the mobile version will be Google’s primary index with the change expected to happen in the upcoming months.

According to IDC, mobility is already a core requirement for most enterprise apps, with all consumer-facing apps and 75 percent of employee-facing apps expected to be built with a mobile-first mindset by 2017.

 

Read more about it on ZDnet: http://zd.net/2fblqcY

2017-07-28T13:18:29+00:00

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