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More websites were viewed on mobile devices and tablets than desktops for the first time ever this month

  • Mike Murphy
By Mike Murphy

Technology editor

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Our internet reading habits are becoming increasingly mobile.

October was the first month ever when more web pages were viewed on mobile and tablet devices than on desktop and laptop computers, according to the web analytics firm StatCounter.

While this doesn’t necessarily mean more people are using mobile devices than computers, or that people are using their mobile devices more than their computers, it does for certain mean people are viewing more individual webpages on mobile browsers than they are on desktop versions.

That said, computer sales do seem to be declining:

And while the global smartphone market is slowing, manufacturers are still shipping about as many smartphones in a quarter as computer makers send out desktops and laptops in a year, and it’s widely believed that the next billion new internet users will almost entirely access the internet on mobile first. Perhaps in the near future, the only things we’ll be using PCs for are work and making fun of other computer brands.

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