Mobile usage reaches tipping point

Smartphone adoption has grown 10 times faster than PC adoption did at its peak. This is great for consumers, but it has certainly created a new set of challenges for many companies.

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Global smartphone adoption, particularly of Apple iOS and Google Android devices, has exploded over the past year. Research firm Flurry Analytics released a report this summer showing that iOS and Android adoption has grown 10 times faster than PC adoption at its peak in the 1980s. And these mobile platforms have amassed new users twice as fast as the Internet itself did during the go-go days of the Web in the 1990s.

This rapid growth in mobile has shaken up the Internet space as companies like Facebook and Mozilla race to keep up with users that are increasingly accessing the Web via smartphones or tablets instead of PCs.

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