Tracking Mobile's PC-Thrashing

Mobile devices -- i.e., iPads, Android phones, and tablets -- have overtaken computers on Wi-Fi networks, according to a new report from cloud networking provider Meraki. "It's another sign that mobile is increasingly the way people access the Internet, bypassing traditional computers in their hunt for information," comments GigaOm.
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Last year, according to the report, Windows and Mac OS X accounted for 64% of devices that accessed Wi-Fi networks, while Appple's iOS accounted for 32%, and Android represented a measly 1%. Just a year later, iOS -- bolstered by the iPad -- and Android now represent 58% of Wi-Fi devices, while Windows and Mac OS X account for 36%. The iPhone was the most popular device on Wi-Fi networks, with a 32% share, while Android now accounts for 11% of devices on Meraki's networks.

Notes GigaOm, "Those numbers will certainly increase for Android as its installed base grows." Meraki also found that the iPad was a power device, consuming almost 200 megabytes per month, about four times as much as the average for Android, iPhone and iPod touch devices.

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