- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Smartphones and tablets have for the first time ever surpassed traditional computers in terms of internet usage, a new report said Tuesday.

Mobile devices accounted for 51.26 percent of worldwide internet usage during the month of October, according to StatCounter, an independent web analytics company.

StatCounter reviewed over 15 billion page views across 2.5 million websites in determining that mobile devices and tablets made up the majority of global internet usage last month for the first time ever.

“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,” StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen said in a statement.

Specifically, StatCounter traced 48.74 percent of global internet usage during the month of October to desktops, 4.73 percent to tablets and 46.53 percent to mobile devices, defined by the firm as any “pocket-sized computing device, typically having a display screen with touch input or a miniature keyboard.”

While the statistics show mobile devices surpassing desktops for the first time internationally in terms of internet usage, desktops still dominate in the United States and Britain. Desktops were responsible for 58 percent and 55.6 percent of last month’s page loads in the U.S. and U.K., respectively, StatCounter said. In India, meanwhile, desktops were traced to less than a quarter of last month’s page views, according to StatCounter.

“Post-Brexit, U.K. businesses should be aware, as they look to increase trade outside the EU, that India for example has over 75 percent internet usage through mobile devices,” Mr. Cullen said.

Mobile devices were responsible for less than 10 percent of international internet usage prior to 2012, according to StatCounter.

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