Usage Stats: Mobile’s Browser Usage Share Jumps 26% in Three Months
From the IDG News Service:
Mobile-based browsing has tripled in the last two years, and is making significant inroads on traditional Internet access from personal computers, according to statistics from [Net Applications] a Web metrics company.
Mobile’s gains are in part a side effect of a global slump in personal computer sales as customers instead purchase smartphone and tablets, and as a result, increasingly shift their time-spent-online from PCs to mobile. Last month, mobile browser usage — a combination of browsing from smartphones and tablets — surged by 1.4 percentage points to account for 13.2% of all unique visitors to the 40,000 websites that California-based Net Applications monitors for clients.
The longer trends are even more impressive: In the last 12 months, mobile browser usage has nearly doubled, and in the past 24 months has more than tripled.
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