Then, on April 7, StatCounter noted that the percentage had begun exceeding 10% every few days. It should be noted that StatCounter defines a handheld mobile device any electronic device with a touch screen or a miniature keyboard with, obviously, Web access. As a result, their statistics exclude tablets. This means that the percentage of the more general class of mobile devices remains higher with the iPad and its competitors.
The fact that about 10% of Web traffic is generated by mobile devices should not be surprising. In February, StatCounter reported that the share of smartphones in the group of devices which connect to the Internet has been doubling every year since 2009.
The Pingdom service tackled the question of how mobile devices are used with the Internet in developing countries. Data gathered indicate that phones and smartphones are just as often used to connect to the Internet than computers. In India, for example, mobile devices were found to have generated 48% of Web traffic. However, the record-holders appear to be Zimbabwe and Nigeria – tied at a whopping 58%!
In Europe, small devices are responsible for only 5.13% and in the United States that number increases to 8.61%.