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More People Use Mobile Gadgets For Internet, Study Confirms

By January 19, 2016 at 2:27 am
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As people opt to use their mobile phones to connect to the internet, several web browsers suffer with decreased market shares.

In a data released by firms StatCounter and NetMarketShare on Jan. 14, desktop computer usage decreased in number while mobile phones continue to increase in terms of internet access. Business Korea wrote about the boost of Chrome's market share by 20 percent last year, IE down to 30 percent.

StatCounter's data show a substantial increase of Chrome market share to 56.89 in Dec. 2015 from 49.66 in Dec. 2014. Internet Explorer, on the other hand, stumbled at 16.52 percent from 24.55 percent during the same period.

NetMarketShare confirmed the numbers with a data of 32.33 percent increase of Chrome from 19.1 percent in Dec. 2014. IE went down to 48.57 from 58.3 market share.

Both firms showed different figures, but consistent in demonstrating the decline of IE and the rise of Chrome. StatCounter gathered data from page views while NetMarketShare measured the unique visitors of each web browsers.

Analysts expect that Chrome will further accelerate its market share as more and more people are opting to use their mobile devices to connect to the internet. While a number of companies expand their business to cater to mobile device users, Chrome is still speculated to rise above as it has established strong mobile operating system.

"Most web browsers, which have recently become popular in China and Europe, are optimized to smartphones," said an anonymous official from a software industry.

In Aug. 2015, industry monitor Ofcom released a data showing a significant increase of smartphones in internet browsing, according to The Guardian. About one-third of internet use is seen from mobile devices, dropping 40 percent use from laptop computers.

"You can see these devices are becoming more and more an important vital hub of information and communication throughout the day, with smartphone owners spending almost two hours (on them) each day, almost double the amount of time that those people are spending on their laptop or desktop," said Ofcom market intelligence director, Jane Rumble. 

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