Smartphones Still Lead The Way Over Tablets Says Report
According to web statistics firm Statcounter, the number of people accessing the Internet via their mobile phones has increased by 67% over the past year around the world.
In the US alone, 73% more people are using their mobile devices to access the Internet than there were last year. In developing countries the usage of mobile Internet is already higher than the conventional use of computers.
This is the case in countries like India and South Africa according to Aodhan Cullen, the CEO of Statcounter. He adds that “All indications are that this trend is set to continue…”
Most users of the Internet usually go online for communication purposes; to check or send emails or login to their social media accounts to see what’s happening around them or in the lives of their loved ones.
One can easily do this through their mobile handset using Facebook, Twitter or Youtube apps or the phone’s web browser. You don’t even need to have a smartphone to do this; a phone with basic GPRS technology can do this.
This is what has really driven the use of mobile Internet in the developing world as most people may not own computers but they can use their phones to browse the net.
Those with smartphones have it even better as there are apps for most websites enabling them to view content more easily as well as access functionalities such as downloads and video directly.
And the continual rise of apps has practically relegated the mobile web browser to oblivion; researchers say that 52% of the time people spend on digital media is spent on mobile apps.
They say that every 8 minutes of media consumption on mobile devices is through apps with Facebook unsurprisingly leading the way.
One would think with the availability of the apps and media on the bigger screen presented by tablets would mean that more and more people are accessing the Internet through tablets at the expense of mobile phones.
But this is not really the case. The statisticians say that tablets account for less than 7% of Internet usage, a rise of just two percent in the last 12 months. Cullen believes the availability of smartphones with bigger screens is the main factor driving this trend.
And the unprecedented demand for the new, bigger-screened iPhone backs his point.
Observers say that most of the people queuing for the new iPhone want the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus.