Sep 23, 2013

Pew Internet – Cell Internet use 2013

Communicator

Pew Internet has released their 2013 survey on Cell Internet use. In general, it illustrates the continuing and growing trend of using cellular mobile devices to access the internet. Highlights from this year’s survey include the fact that 63% of people go online using their phones (up from 55% in 2012 and 31% in 2009), and that 85% of people aged 18-29 use their phone to go online.

Of the 63% who use their phone to go online, 34% of them mostly use their phone to go online. In the 18-29 age group, 50% of people fall into this category.

Details of the survey can be found at http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2013/Cell-Internet/Summary-of-Findings/Cell-Internet-Access.aspx.

Apr 24, 2013

If it doesn’t work on mobile, it doesn’t work.

Designer Manager

A developer on the NPR apps team posted a great article about building a fast, stable news webpage on a tight budget. While the article itself is really interesting and worth a read for it’s own sake, one part in particular jumped out at me:

If it doesn’t work on mobile, it doesn’t work. Most of our work averages 10 to 20 percent mobile traffic. But for our elections app, 50 percent of users visited our Big Board on their phone. (And it wasn’t even responsive!) Moral of the stats: A good mobile experience is absolutely necessary.

From the NPR News Apps blog.