StatCounter data also pinpoints the rise and rise of mobile devices to access the Internet. The use of mobile to access the Internet compared to desktop has more than doubled worldwide from 1.72% a year ago to 4.45% today. The same trend is evident in the US with mobile Internet usage more than doubling over the past year from 2.59% to 6.32%.I thought I'd see whether this behavior applies equally to repositories and so I had a poke around in the usage states for eprints.ecs.soton.ac.uk and this is what I found:
- 53,285 PDF downloads from 27 March 2011 (4am) - 3rd Apr 2011 (4am).
- Of these 33,304 are attributed to crawlers and 19,981 to real browsers.
- Only 0.93% of the browser downloads occur on mobile devices (70% iOS, 22% Android, 7% Blackberry and 1% Symbian)
That implies that there's another exciting opportunity for repository developers to up their game!