British communications regulator Ofcom has published its latest market report on the UK, with the headline claim that smartphones now trump laptops as a way for getting online. “A third (33%) of internet users see their smartphone as the most important device for going online, compared to 30% who are still sticking with their laptop,” claimed Ofcom,

noting that in 2014 these percentages were 22% and 40% respectively – rapid change in just a year. 66% of British adults now own a smartphone, with that rising to 90% for 16-24 year-olds. Those people are on faster connections too: the number of 4G users in the UK soared from 2.7m to 23.6m over the course of 2014. “On average, adult mobile users spent nearly two hours online each day using a smartphone in March 2015 (1 hour and 54 minutes), compared to just over an hour on laptops and PCs (1 hour and nine minutes),” notes the report. “But this is still only half of the 3 hours and 40 minutes we spend in front of the TV each day.”

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