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Ofcom: tablets in half of UK homes

Tablets in half of UK homes

Tablets in half of UK homes

The tablet computer has established itself as a must-have device in just five years with more than half of UK homes now owning one, according to national regulator Ofcom.

Apple’s iPad launched in the UK on 28 May 2010 and, alongside Android and other tablet devices, it is helping to shape the way we surf the internet, communicate and watch TV and video.

The rapid rise in popularity of tablets means that over half of UK households (54%) now have one, up from just 2% in 2011.

Tablets are helping to drive the use of apps, with 86% of adults who go online on a tablet using apps at the end of 2014.

News apps are proving popular with 48% of all app users typically getting their headlines on an app, compared to 37% who tend to use a web browser.

Watching video clips is proving popular on tablets. At the end of 2014, 58% of people with a tablet connected at home were watching video clips online. 36% were watching catch-up TV services such as BBC iPlayer or ITV Player.

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