iPhone holds key to Mobile Internet

Google revealed at last week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that it has received 50 times more search requests coming from Apple iPhones (and possibly iTouch) than any other mobile handset, something that flabbergasted the search giant and might provide vital clues to Google as it prepares its Google Android handset.

Vic Gundotra, head of Google's mobile operations, told the Financial Times that he expects the number of mobile searches to overtake fixed internet searches within the next few years which could generate huge revenues for service providers.

Google initially believed that there was an issue somewhere and double checked their logs to make sure they were right; the iPhone proves to be the ideal test bed for Google as the launch date of its first Android-based mobile phones approaches.

Tech.co.uk ties down the success of the iPhone to the fact that its users have generous data packages or even, in the case of O2, unlimited data transfer which means that iPhone customers can browse without having to care about the monthly bill.

The success of iPhone browsing is also due to the way its users access the internet; the Apple phone uses a normal browser and does not require webmasters to maintain a separate website.