India No. 2 in Mobile Internet Usage
India has emerged as the second-biggest consumer of mobile Internet after the US, according to data from 15,000 mobile websites monitored by Google. However, it accounted for only 5.9% of the 14 billion web pages seen on mobile phones in February. More than half the web pages were seen on mobile phones in the US, Google said in a report on Monday.
In fact the number of new data connections added globally this year will be higher on the mobile than on the PC
– Vinay Goel, Google’s India product head
The numbers represent statistics of only those countries where Google has a strong mobile advertising network, and may not have captured the full extent of the Chinese market, where Google continues to be weak.
In a separate briefing, Google’s India product head, Vinay Goel, said the number of mobile internet users has grown nearly five times in the last five years. “In fact the number of new data connections added globally this year will be higher on the mobile than on the PC,” he added.
According to him, around 25 million of the 500 million or so mobile users in India have paid data accounts and another 55-65 million use operator-provided data services. Goel said the number of Internet users on PCs in India is growing at around 50% a year and will reach 100 million by the end of 2010.
Compared to this, China added 100 million new users to the online community last year.
The numbers also revealed that the iPhone was losing Internet share to the Android in a big way in its home market, the US. The share of iPhone’s internet traffic dropped from 55% in November to 44% in February. During the period, the share of Android phones rose from 27% to 42%.
The last four months have seen the increasing popularity of Android phones such as Motorola’s Droid, which followed the iPhone on the popularity charts in the US.