More web searches will be completed on mobile phones than on desktop computers by the year 2013 as Australians increasingly embrace smartphones, according to Google.
In December 2010, approximately 12% of Google Searches originated from mobile devices such as iPhones, Androind Phones, Blackberries, Windows Phones etc. With the rapid uptake of mobile devices, this number is expected to overtake that of desktop computers within the next 18 months.
Tony Keusgen, Google's head of technology in Australia and New Zealand, said more Aussies would soon have a smartphone than an old-style "feature phone" with basic internet access, which would help drive the surge in mobile internet use."Some time late this year or early next year, even in Australia, there will be more smartphones," he told reporters on Thursday on the sidelines of the CeBIT Australia Web Forward 2011 conference.
Within Australia, mobile internet usage has surged by 3000% in three years to December 2010.The global popularity of mobile internet usage is rising at a pace that is eight times faster than take-up of desktop internet during its infancy in the mid-1990s. (You can read more here: http://www.zdnet.com.au/phones-to-overtake-desktops-for-internet-339316103.htm)
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