Worldwide web use on mobile and tablets passes desktop devices
More people accessed the web from mobile and tablet devices than desktop devices for the first time during October, accoridng to data from web analytics firm StatCounter.
The firm’s research division, StatCounter Global Stats, said that mobile and tablet devices accounted for 51.3 per cent of internet use worldwide in October compared with 48.7 per cent on desktop.
The chart above shows the huge increase in mobile web use, no doubt driven by the proliferation of web-enabled smart devices like phones and tablets, in developed and emerging regions.
StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen explained taht the data underlined the importance of having a solid mobile web offering.
This should be a wake-up call, especially for small businesses, sole traders and professional, to make sure that their websties are mobile friendly. Many older websites are not, he said.
Mobile compartibility is increasingly important not just because of grwoing traffic but because Google favour mobile friendly websites for its mobile search results.
However, desite the global trend, desktop remains the more common means of getting online in the UK. Some 55.6 per cent of traffic comes from desktop devices compared with 44.4 per cent from mobiles and tablets.
This may make some British firms question whether prioritising mobile sites is important right now, but Cullen warned that any firm in overseas markets must take this seruously.
Post-Brexit, UK busineesse should be aware as they look to increase trade outside the EU that India, for example, has over 75 per cent intertnet use through mobile devices, he said.
Many UK businesses already benefit from this uptake in mobile web browsing. Firms as diverse as Shop Direct, Gumtree and the Royal Shakespeare Company are all seeing user growth incrase in this area.
The US has similar data showing 58 per cent of web use on desktop machines and 42 per cent on mobile devices.
World Wide Web inventor appointed computer science professor at Oxford University.
Sir Time Perners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, has been appointed as a professor at Oxford University’s computer science department.
ccording to an nnouncement made by the Oxford University, he will become a member of the Christ Church College founded in 1524. Berners-Lee is returning to his alma mater after almost four decades to join the department of computer science from where he graduated with a first class degree in Physics in 1976.
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His role is expected to be primarily related to computer science research but it remains to be seen how much time he will actually spend in Oxford, given his full-time professorship at Masschusetts Institute of Techonology.
will be joining his long-time research collaboraor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, who was recentrly appointed Principal of Jesus College, Oxford, and with Whome he co-founded the Open Data Institute in London.
Commenting on his appointment, head of computer science at Oxford, said : Few living individuals have changed our world as profoundly as Tim did with his invention of the World wide web. We are delighted and honoured to welcome tim back to oxford and are tremendously excited aobut what we will be able to do together in the years to come.
We are delighted that professor sir time berners-lee will be joining us. As one of the most significant innovators and scholars of our time, his work with us here in Oxford will continue to consolidate our standing as the world’s top university, according to dean of Christ Church, professor Martyn Percy.
Christ Church also intends to appoint a new associate professor in computer science to enhance our collaboration with the department, and hopes to offer at least three undergradueate places per year in th esubject.