Google search crosses a mega mobile milestone


Google has crossed an important milestone that highlights the quickly changing technologies since its founding 17 years ago. In most major nations, it now fields more search queries from mobile devices than it does from personal computers.

The tech giant said Tuesday that more searches come from smartphones and tablets in 10 countries, including the U.S. and Japan, than from laptops and desktop computers.

The news of the changing user habits isn’t exactly surprising. But it does underscore Google’s need to adapt to the new mobile reality.

Last month, Google rolled out tweaks to its algorithms for searches done on phones that favor websites that are mobile-friendly — a hint at just how important mobile searches had become. The company defines mobile-friendly as websites that have a layout and text that is large enough so people don’t have to zoom in on their phone screens or scroll horizontally, and make…

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