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KPCB Internet Trends 2013: Mobile • Mobile • Mobile

Dan Smigrod

The world is going mobile-mobile-mobile.

In the annual Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) 2013 Internet Trends report – as presented by Partner Mary Meeker at the All Things Digital D11 Conference – Mary continued her 2012 theme of "The re-imagination of nearly everything – powered by new devices + connectivity + UI + Beauty."

From our spherical photo/social/mobile perspective, these highlights suggest we're skating to where the puck is headed (to borrow from Wayne Gretzky).

  • Photos – "Explosive Growth, But Still Early Stage" [Slide 12]
  • Photos – "500 million+ Uploaded & Shared Per Day: Growth Accelerating" [Slide 14]
  • Mobile Internet – More Chinese access the web via mobile than desktop [Slide 33] 
  • Smartphone Subscriber Growth = 1.5B Subscribers (of 5B+ mobile phones), 31% growth, 21% penetration in 2013 estimate; China (354 million) and the US (219 million) lead the pack [Slide 40] 
  • US Smartphones = 58% of all mobile phone subscribers in the US [Slide 40] 
  • China Smartphones = 29% of all mobile phone subscribers in China [Slide 40] 
  • Global Smartphones = 29% Samsung, 22% Apple and 49% all others in 4Q12 [Slide 42] 
  • Tablet Growth = More rapid than Smartphones: iPad = about 3x iPhone growth curve of first 12 quarters of each product [Slide 44]
  • Table Shipments = Surpassed desktop PCs & notebooks in 4Q12 (after just 3 years of intro) [Slide 45]
  • China - iOS + Android users surpassed US in 1Q13 [Slide 67] 
  • Re-Imagination of Basic Business Process – Airbnb turning private-owned properties into hotel experience [Slide 105] 

Here is the entire slide presentation by KPCB's Mary Meeker »

 Tablet Growth = More Rapid than Smartphones; iPad = About 3x iPhone Growth, reports KPCB Internet Trends 2013

Tablet Growth = More Rapid than Smartphones; iPad = About 3x iPhone Growth, reports KPCB Internet Trends 2013