According to a new study actually put on by Google, more consumers are accessing the internet from a smartphone as their primary device. Although we knew it was coming, we weren’t expecting smartphones to surpass internet access via desktop and laptop quite yet.
Google’s study which focused on smartphone and feature phone ownership took a sample set from the United States, France, Germany, Japan and the U.K. The study found that 78 percent of internet users in the U.S. accessed the internet via their phone. 68% of of internet users say they used a desktop or laptop while some said they use both phones and laptop/desktops.
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Tablets weren’t part of the study.
Smartphone adoption has been growing and by leaps and bounds. For example, Verizon Wireless, the largest carrier in the U.S., reported that smartphones made up 44% of their postpaid base in Q4 2011 up from 28% in Q4 of 2010. As feature sets and data speeds increase in the handset more and more internet usage comes from the phone.
Google spent nearly a decade as the king of the search on desktops and PCs. In the past few years they’ve quickly grown to the goto search for mobile searches on the internet and that trend will only continue going forward. Many Android fans often times forget that Google makes money from mobile searches, not just for Android, but from iOS, Blackberry, Bada, Symbian, Windows Phones and feature phones.