The average user spent 1,256 minutes on the Internet in November 2014, according to Wireless World’s summary of Fulgoni’s remarks. Smartphones accounted for 574 minutes of this time; desktops, 510 minutes; and tablets, 172 minutes.
Thus mobile does indeed account for a larger share -- 59% -- of total usage, compared to 41% for desktop. However total usage is rising and both mobile and desktop are contributing to this trend. The total time spent on the Internet across all devices was up 26% from around 1,000 minutes in November 2013. Time spent on smartphones was up 29% from 445 minutes, time on tablets up 39% from 124 minutes, and time on desktop up 19% from 429 minutes.
Within mobile, Internet usage apps remain dominant, Fulgoni said, accounting for 56% of mobile Internet access. However, most mobile users tend to use only a few apps, with 42% using just one app. And obviously that leaves a substantial share for the mobile Web.
Interesting to contrast these figures with research I previously reported on, from the Interactive Advertising Bureau and its Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence, based on a Harris Poll survey of 2,000 U.S. adults: 37% of smartphone users said their usage skews heavily or somewhat towards mobile apps; 33% said they spend equal amounts of time on mobile apps and the mobile Web; and 30% said they favor the mobile Web.