55 percent of today's Web pages are in English. (from Testing a $35 Firefox OS phoneâ€”how bad could it be? | Ars Technica)
Adam Rifkin stashed this in The Web
Point well taken:
Today's Internet is wildly skewed in favor of rich, English-speaking companies and users. Onlyfive percentÂ of the world's population speaks English as a first language, butÂ 55 percentÂ of webpages are in English.
The countries without Internet access are exclusively the poorer onesâ€”the "developing world." That means our Internet device is going to need to be as cheap as possible so that people can actually afford it, and the cheapest Internet-enabled device we can make is the smartphone. Its small size and relatively lightweight OSes are both qualities that lead to a low bill of materials, provided you aren't trying to make it powerful enough toÂ double as a game console.