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smartphones vs desktop/laptop/tablets

With the current world wide explosion of smart phones, its no surprise to learn that smartphone internet access is growing extremely rapidly. In fact although in europe and the us web developers assume that most of their sites are going to be accessed from the usual desktop and laptop PCs, then secondly tablets and smart phones, in the very near future this may not be the case. The sales of smart phones in developing countries has been so great that these platforms account for 12% in Africa and 18% in India of internet users, and this may become the wave of the future everywhere.

Sure, people will nearly always opt for the largest screen and keyboard with touch screen, mouse and or remote for accessing the internet when they are at home, but when they are on the move, at work or school, college or out socialising, the mobile smartphone is becoming the number one choice for accessing the web these days. More and more web developers need to be aware of this trend and ensure that their web sites are optimised for this extremely popular platform or they will lose out to their competitors...

Laptop computer on a table text to an iPad.

Nowadays, web design companies have to build sites for a wide variety of platforms, ranging from massive TV screens to tiny smart phone displays. Clients will be expecting their custom built web sites to display intelligently, be readable on all platforms… Youtube videos that are getting the most views have the option of 720p and 1080p display mainly aimed at the large screen users, with lower resolutions available for the smaller screens, ie smart phones and older PCs. The sales of laptop and desktop PCs are declining rapidly as the sales of tablets hit an all-time high at christmas last year of 1 per second in the UK.

In the big growth countries like China, India, Russia and Brazil it would seem likely that smart phones are going to quickly replace traditional internet platforms and this is the opposite direction a lot of Europe and US retailers may have been expecting as they were getting increasingly geared up to selling large screen internet platforms such as web TVs and massive screen computer systems. Web developers have some serious work ahead of them as it is a tall order to expect web sites to be able to easily adjust to display well on all platforms. Still, it means lots of work, which is always better than no work!