Half of U.S. adults now have a mobile connection to the Web through a smartphone or tablet, up sizably from a year ago, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center.
The survey of 9,513 U.S. adults, said 22% of U.S. adults own a tablet, twice the number from a year earlier, while 44% of U.S. adults have smartphones, up from 35% in May 2011. Now, just over half, 52%, of tablet owners report owning an iPad, compared with 81% in the survey a year ago.
Android-based devices make up the bulk of the remaining tablet ownership, 48% overall, dominated largely by the Kindle Fire.
Pew’s survey was conducted online from June to August 2012, before the release of either the Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HD, so the results are a little dated. Tablet ownership has likely increased.