Mobile and tablet internet usage exceeds desktop for first time worldwide
Internet usage by mobile and tablet devices exceeded desktop worldwide for the first time in October according to independent web analytics company StatCounter
Its research arm, StatCounter Global Stats finds that mobile and tablet devices accounted for 51.3% of internet usage worldwide in October compared to 48.7% by desktop. Whereas in Thailand statistics were even higher with 57.31% browsing via mobile compared to 37.75% on a PC and only 4.95% on a tablet.
“This should be a wake up call especially for small businesses, sole traders and professionals to make sure that their websites are mobile friendly. Many older websites are not,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter.
“Mobile compatibility is increasingly important not just because of growing traffic but because Google favours mobile friendly websites for its mobile search results.” He pointed out that Google recently launched a tool where businesses can test their website mobile performance.
Despite the rapid growth of mobile devices, desktop is still the primary mode of internet usage in mature markets such as the US and UK.
However, Cullen warned, “Post-Brexit, UK businesses should be aware, as they look to increase trade outside the EU, that India for example has over 75% internet usage through mobile devices.”
In the UK desktop is on 55.6% with mobile and tablet on 44.4%.
In the US desktop still accounts for 58% of internet usage compared to 42% for mobile and tablet.