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This article was published on August 19, 2014


    This chart shows the world’s internet usage shifting to smartphones

    This chart shows the world’s internet usage shifting to smartphones Image by: AFP/Getty Images


    Jon Russell
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    Jon Russell

    Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.

    It’s well known that mobile phones are increasingly the primary device for accessing the internet across the world. Here’s a great way to illustrate that using Google’s Public Data service.

    Plotting smartphone usage against PC usage produces this fascinating chart which literally shows the rise of smartphone usage over the past three years.

    Click Play to see the data change over time

    The chart is not optimized for mobile, but you can try the smaller, GIF version here.

    It’s worth bearing in mind that this data comes from TNS Germany which, though a reputable source of information, means there may be anomalies. Nonetheless, it demonstrates one of the most important technological trends of the decade.

    ➤ Via Robin Moroney [Google+]

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    Image credit: ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images