Google has reported an increase in the number of mobile phone users accessing the web from their handsets.
"We have very much hit a watershed moment in terms of mobile internet usage," Matt Waddell, a product manager for Google Mobile, told Reuters. "We are seeing that mobile internet use is in fact accelerating.
Waddell also said the increase in flat-rate data plans helped fuel the growth.
Google also announced it was rolling out a new software download for mobile phones running Microsoft's Windows Mobile. The software, which has already been trialled by Blackberry and some Nokia users, positions a Google web search window on the home screen and according to the search engine speeds up web searches by 40 percent by eliminating the initial steps of finding and opening a web browser on the phone, waiting for network access and getting to the Google website.
"We are actually seeing a 20 percent increase in the number of searches by people," Waddell said.
"Faster is better than slow, especially on a mobile device, where fast is much better than slow," Waddell added. "Not only are we are seeing increased user satisfaction but also greater usage."