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Smartphones and tablets now account for more than 10% of all web browsing

Published Nov 3rd, 2012 1:07PM EDT

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We’re not in the “post-PC world” yet, but new data from NetMarketShare says that we’re getting there. According to NetMarketShare’s latest tracking numbers, smartphones and tablets accounted for 10.3% of all web browsing in October 2012, the first time mobile browsing has ever crossed the 10% threshold in the firm’s measurements. What makes this particularly interesting is that mobile browsing accounted for as little as 7.2% of all browsing as recently as this past March, meaning that mobile browsing growth seems to have accelerated somewhat over the past few months. iOS-based smartphones and tablets accounted for nearly 60% of all mobile browsing in October 2012, NetMarketShare found, while Android-based devices accounted for just over 27% of all mobile browsing.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.