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Tracking Mobile's PC-Thrashing

  • GigaOm, Wednesday, June 22, 2011 11:12 AM
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.

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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