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September 19, 2014

More People Accessing Internet Via Mobile Devices

Nearly 70 Percent Increase Over Past Year

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More people, globally, are visiting their favorite websites while on-the-go.

A recent report by StatCounter shows Internet access via mobile devices has increased 67 percent over the past year. The report compared August 2013 through to August 2014 and found an increase of nearly 70 percent when it comes to how people access the Internet. Desktop computers remain the most popular — accounting for 64.6 per cent — but mobile devices are slowly catching up with 17.1 to 28.5 percent.

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Tablets remain at the bottom with 6.8 percent.

“Mobile usage has already overtaken desktop in several countries including India, South Africa and Saudi Arabia,” Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter stated in a release. “All indications are that this trend is set to continue, which creates new challenges and opportunities for businesses globally.”

It was only three years ago that desktop access was the primary way for users to access the Web but, with more countries leaving their desktops behind and relying on their mobile devices, the numbers are shifting. An interactive map produced by StatCounter shows how those numbers have been changing over the past few years.

With Apple’s new iPhone 6 about to hit the market, Cullen said it should be interesting to see what happens to the numbers as larger-screen smartphones seem to be a contributing factor to the growing numbers.

The release of the report served as an impetus for StatCounter to announce a new app for both Android and iOS. The app enables people to look at StatCounter reports including weekly traffic trend analysis; recent visitor activity; incoming traffic sources plus other data.


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W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.

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