The inevitable has happened. Mobile web usage has exceeded those from desktops for the first time ever. A press release by StatCounter, an independent web analytics company on November 1, 2016, stated that for the month of October 2016, internet usage worldwide was dominated by mobile and tablet devices.
StatCounter Global Stats, its research arm finds that 51.3% of internet access were from mobile devices. Web usage from desktops accounted for 48.7%.
“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,”
“Mobile compatibility is increasingly important not just because of growing traffic but because Google favors mobile friendly websites for its mobile search results.”
—Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter
Cullen also mentioned that Google recently launched a tool where businesses can test their website mobile performance.
Although this development has been somewhat expected for quite some time now, it does not necessarily mean that mobile devices will totally replace desktops as the primary mode for internet access —at least in the US and the UK.
In the UK, desktop usage for internet access 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.
India, in contrast, has mobile devices at 75% in terms of internet usage.
Analysts and observers also indicated that mature trade markets, particularly in the west still use desktops as their main mode of conducting business and communication.
What do you think of this development? Do you agree that mobile devices will eventually become the primary manner for internet access? Share your thoughts.