Google has seen an acceleration of Internet activity among mobile phone users, especially since the company introduced faster Web services on some mobile phones, fueling confidence the mobile Internet era is at hand, reports Reuters.
Google made the pronouncement as it introduced a new software download for mobile phones running Microsoft’s Windows Mobile software. It positions a Google Web search window on the home screen of Windows Mobile phones.
Google says a sharp increases in Internet usage on phones, not just computers, has emerged in recent months, especially with Blackberry e-mail phones, Nokia devices for multimedia picture and video creators and business professionals and the Apple iPhone.
“We have very much hit a watershed moment in terms of mobile Internet usage,” Matt Waddell, a product manager for Google Mobile, said in an interview. “We are seeing that mobile Internet use is in fact accelerating. “We are actually seeing a 20 percent increase in the number of searches by people,” Waddell said.
According to data released yesterday by M:Metrics, roughly 85 percent of iPhone users access the mobile internet and almost 60 percent perform mobile Web search.
In 2007, the Windows Mobile share of the U.S. smartphone market slipped to 28%, from 30%, reports Business Week. Windows Mobile gained global share and almost doubled shipments, to 11 million units, in 2007, but Apple sold 4 million iPhones in less than half a year. “Apple has gotten more attention in the first six months than Microsoft has gotten in the first five years,” says Richard Doherty, director at consultancy Envisioneering Group.