Pew: US Tablet & E-Reader Ownership Now At 43 Percent

kindle-nexus-ipad-mini-featured This morning, the Pew Research Center released new survey data about tablet and e-reader ownership in the US. Previously, the organization had said that US tablet ownership among adults was 34 percent. The survey data released today indicate that 43 percent of Americans over 16 own either a tablet or e-book reader (or both). The data show that 35 percent of Americans over the age of 16 own tablets and 24 percent own e-book readers such as the basic Kindle. The survey from which these data come was conducted between July and September among more than 6,000 people over the age of 16. Wh [...]


Report: iPad Has “Passed The Baton” To Android Tablets

New Nexus 7 ABI Research released a report speculating that “Apple’s iPad family of products has passed the baton to the Android ecosystem.” Based on IDC shipments estimates of Android tablets vs. iPads, as well as tablet revenues, ABI argues that Android tablets are now outselling iPads. ABI estimated that Android tablets generated half of all tablet sales revenues in Q2. The company said the global tablet market saw $12.7 billion in overall sales in Q2, $6.3 billion of which were iPads. Based on the iPhone smartphone precedent, various analyst firms have been anticipating the iPad would lose [...]


Study: Nexus 7 Usage Flat, Kindle Up Following Discounts

Amazon Original Kindle Fire Ad network Chitika has released data on the comparative traffic being driven by the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire, prompted by the introduction of the new Nexus 7 in July. Chitika looked at North American tablet-based web traffic between June and August of this year. While Nexus 7 web traffic remained remarkably consistent during the period, Kindle's traffic increased, based largely on Amazon discounting to move devices ahead of the anticipated roll out of the next generation of Amazon tablets. What's the lesson? Price matters. In order to generate this report, Chitika examined "tens of [...]


BlackBerry Up For Sale, New iPhones To Go On Sale

Blackberry Q10 BlackBerry has raised the white flag. It's over. The board has formed a special committee to explore "strategic alternatives." That means the company is essentially for sale. Here's the statement: BlackBerry Limited, a world leader in the mobile communications market, today announced that the Company's Board of Directors has formed a Special Committee to explore strategic alternatives to enhance value and increase scale in order to accelerate BlackBerry 10 deployment. These alternatives could include, among others, possible joint ventures, strategic partnerships or alliances, a sale of the Co [...]


Android Tablet Shipments Soar, Usage Hasn’t Shown Up Yet

Image Credit: Gizmodo Strategy Analytics came out with Q2 shipment estimates for tablets -- which are supposed to exceed PC sales by the end of this year on a global basis. It's now a critical market segment. The data show Android tablets with a solid "shipments share" lead over the iPad. What the numbers appear to reflect is two-thirds Android market share vs. iOS. However that's not reflected in actual usage, at least in North America, where the iPad has increased its share of Web traffic over Q1. Collectively, according to Chitika, non-iPad tablets (essentially Android) are driving roughly 16 percent o [...]


Report: iPad Traffic Share Reaches New High

iPad-DeviceSlide According to ad network Chitika, US and Canadian iPad traffic has reached a new high relative to other tablets in the market. Later today, Apple will release its quarterly earnings amid dampened expectations. According to the study, which was conducted in June and based on "tens of millions of US and Canadian tablet online ad impressions running through the Chitika Ad Network," the Apple tablet's share has grown to 84.3 percent from 82.4 percent in May. Source: Chitika Among non-iPads, Kindle was in second place with 5.7 percent of North American tablet traffic. That was down from [...]


New Google Maps App Offers More Search Functionality, Navigation Features & Dedicated Tablet Design

Google Maps logo Google is rolling out a new Google Maps app for Android devices starting today, with iPhone and iPad versions on the way. The new app will include more search functionality, updated navigation features, Zagat reviews and discount offers for specific destinations. Among the new app features, users will be able to find locations without typing by tapping the search box to see cards displaying eat, drink and shopping options. There are also two new navigation features, including one that reports road problems along with incident details, and another that lets users know if a better route is a [...]


Report: iOS Has More Traffic, But More “Volatile” Than Android

android-apple-ios Ad network Chitika has released data on iOS and Android usage throughout the day. Overall iOS is driving more Web traffic than Android (partly because of the iPad), but traffic coming from iOS devices is more "volatile" than Android traffic. In other words, Android usage is more consistent throughout the day, while iOS has greater peaks and valleys. The findings are based on "hundreds of millions of U.S. and Canadian smartphone- and tablet-based online ad impressions seen over the Chitika ad network" in May. Android and iOS traffic appears to peak at roughly the same time. Howeve [...]


Pew: 34 Percent Of Americans Now Own Tablets

ipad This morning, the Pew Internet & Life Project is releasing telephone survey data showing that 34 percent of American adults now own tablets. Among better educated and more affluent households, the penetration rates are 50 percent or higher. Households earning at least $75,000 per year show tablet ownership rates of 56 percent, according to the survey. Among US adults between 35 and 44 years old, tablet ownership is 49 percent. That's also true for college graduates (49 percent). These findings were based on more than 2,200 telephone interviews conducted in April and May of this y [...]


Study: Android Tablets Surpass iPads In Q1, Tablet Usage Up 282% Since 2011

mobile-devices-screens-featured The GlobalWebIndex Streaming Device study for Q1 2013 reports that Android tablet users outnumbered iPad users last quarter by 34 million, with 156 million Android tablet users compared to 122 million iPad users. The study surveyed over 180,000 Internet users in 31 markets, including the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific countries, examining global device and app usage. According to the report, tablet use has surged 282 percent since 2011, Android is the most popular smartphone OS worldwide, and games still reign supreme for smartphone app downloads. Q1 Sees Android Tablet Users [...]


Study: Nearly 90 Percent Of Apple Users On Latest Version Of OS

android-apple-ios Next week is Apple's much-anticipated developer conference in San Francisco. The company has had a difficult year (in the press and on Wall Street) and is expected to emphasize software rather than hardware next week. Among the potential announcements are "iRadio," iOS 7 and a new version of OS X. However, we'll probably see some new Mac laptops and maybe a new iPad. In anticipation of iOS 7, ad network Chitika examined which version of iOS it was seeing on devices across its network. These data are from late May and cover billions of US and Canadian ad impressions. The graphic immedi [...]


Tablet Market Share: iPad Remains Dominant, Samsung Shows Growth

ipad-featured Regardless of what the IDCs, Strategy Analytics and Gartners show in terms of quarterly device shipments and marketshare forecasts, the "facts on the ground" continue to show the iPad driving far more traffic than any competing tablet device. That's reinforced by Chitika's new tablet traffic report. Based on millions of tablet-based impressions on its network during April, from the US and Canada, Chitika says that the iPad drove just over 81 percent of tablet traffic. Kindle Fire was second, with 7.4 percent, and all other tablets were together responsible for roughly 11 percent of traffic. [...]


Tablet Shipments To Overtake Laptops This Year — Report

Image Credit: Gizmodo Tech research firm IDC says in its latest forecast that tablet shipments will exceed what it calls "portable PCs" (laptops) this year. The firm reported negative 14 percent growth for the PC market overall in Q1 and says that negative growth trend will be reflected in the Q2 numbers as well. Tablets are expected to exceed all PC sales (desktops and laptops) by 2015. However I suspect it will happen more quickly, by next year. IDC also predicts that the bulk of sales will be at the lower-priced end of the market (read: Android). In addition, there will be more buying activity associated [...]


Google, Facebook Have 7 Of Apple’s Top 25 All-Time iPhone Apps

iphone-apps-ios-featured Google and Facebook combine to take up seven spots on Apple's newly-released list of the Top 25 all-time free iPhone apps. Apple published that list -- and three others -- as part of its countdown to 50 billion App Store downloads, which the company expects to happen soon. (Apple is giving away a $10,000 App Store credit to whomever completes the 50 billionth download and $500 credits to 50 others.) Those lists look at the most popular iPhone apps (free and paid) and iPad apps (free and paid). On the paid side, the majority of apps on both lists are games. But, there's more variety in th [...]


Apple Beats The Street With $43.6B And Higher Than Expected iPhone, iPad Sales, Record iTunes Sales

apple-fruit-money-featured The bears were wrong. Apple beat Wall Street financial analysts' expectations this afternoon. The company had been steadily losing value as analyst after analyst expressed anxiety about the company's outlook. Apple reported quarterly gross revenues of $43.6 billion, compared with a $42.3 billion consensus estimate. Second quarter revenues in 2012 were $39.2 billion. Growth was driven by better-than-expected iPhone and iPad sales. Last quarter Apple reported $54 billion in revenue (a miss) and $13 billion in profit (a beat). Profit was $9.5 billion vs. $13 billion for the holiday quarter. [...]


Boston Manhunt Pushes CNN, Police Scanner Apps Into iTunes Top Ten

top-ios-apps As law enforcement officials continue their manhunt for one fugitive that's suspected to have been involved in the Boston Marathon bombing this week, consumers looking for the latest news and information have pushed several news and scanner-type apps into the iOS top apps charts. As of about 11:30 am PT, CNN's app has taken over the top spot on the iPhone's free app chart. It wasn't in the top five as recently as last night. Further down the top 10, an app called 5-0 Radio Police Scanner Lite is ranked seventh, TuneIn Radio -- another source for following police scanner communications -- is [...]


Report: BlackBerry Z10 Gains, iPad Share Grows To 82%

iPad mini Two reports over the past two days from ad network Chitika shed light on adoption of the much anticipated BlackBerry Z10 touchscreen phone, as well as the current state of tablets in North America. The new iOS and Android competitor is generating 5.3 percent of all BlackBerry traffic, which reflects a "doubling in usage share since the Z10’s US release 20 days prior." That's impressive until those figures are put into context. Chitika also told me that "BlackBerry-based Web traffic as a whole constitutes about 1 percent of all mobile Web traffic on our network." So, in fact, the Z10 is [...]


Report: Google’s Next Nexus 7 Drops Price To $149

nexus_7_banner_002 A new report from Reuters, citing anonymous sources, says that Google's new Nexus 7 tablet will be released in July and could be priced at the low-low price of $149. This would be $50 better than the current version, which was the best small tablet until the arrival of the iPad Mini. It's still the best for its price point and better generally than Amazon's Kindle line of tablets. Reducing the price by $50 for the entry level Nexus 7 would not only drive more sales but put enormous pressure on Google rival Amazon, which has generally been selling Kindle Fires at break even. The repor [...]


Feedly Continues To Eat Up Google Reader Mobile Users

Since the announcement of Google Reader closing shop July 1, Feedly has taken the lead for top news app on Androids, iPhones and iPads. After winning the No. 1 spot for news apps on Google Play and U.S. iTunes App Store last week, Feedly showed up No. 2 on Google Play and No. 4 on the U.S. App Store for both iPhones and iPads as of March 24. While a slight drop from last week's rankings, Feedly continues to out-rank other mobile Google Reader alternatives like NewsBlur, a favorite of our corresponding editor, Gary Price. Earlier this month, more than 500,000 Google Readers  transitio [...]


Apple Devices Dominate In-Flight, Tablet Traffic

ipad-iphone-ios-featured The tablet is becoming the device of choice in the air. According to Gogo, 35 percent of in-flight Internet usage happens on tablets, 32 percent on smartphones. The remaining 33 percent is on laptops. It's easy to see why tablets are becoming the preferred in-flight work and entertainment device. Economy travelers are often unable to open their laptops when the seats in front of them recline. (As an aside, here's an aggressive response to that problem.) The majority of in-flight mobile devices running on Gogo are on iOS (84 percent), while 16 percent are Android, which has grown from [...]


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