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 [...]

Siri Goes Bing, iRadio, iOS 7: Major Highlights From The Apple Keynote

Screen Shot 2013-06-10 at 12.31.07 PM Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage this morning at the Apple developer conference (WWDC). He's a man under pressure as many investors have turned bearish on the company. The Numbers Cook kicked the keynote off with a bunch of adoption and usage stats: The app store is 5 years old 375K iPad apps (vs. "just a few hundred from other guys") 900K apps overall 50 billion apps downloaded to date App developers have been paid $10 billion by Apple 575 million accounts with associated credit cards (more on that in a minute) 600 million iOS devices sold to date Cook said that Mac grow [...]

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 [...]

Pew: 61 Percent In US Now Have Smartphones

mobile web smartphone This morning, the Pew Internet & American Life Project released new survey data (n=2,252 US adults) on smartphone adoption. The organization says that 56 percent of all US adults now have smartphones. However, among the population of mobile phone owners (91 percent of US adults), the smartphone penetration number is now 61 percent. By comparison, comScore's estimate is that roughly 58 percent of mobile phone owners have smartphones. Nielsen hasn't released an official estimate in some time, but the firm's number is now at or above 60 percent, in all likelihood. According to the Pew s [...]

Smartphones Pass Feature Phones, US Apple Growth Exceeds Others

smartphones IDC today released a device forecast that showed global smartphone shipments exceeding those of feature phones for the first time this year. Fueled in part by declining prices, smartphone growth is now taking off in emerging markets, as well. Back in the US, comScore released its monthly smartphone marketshare report. Among individual manufacturers, Apple controlled 39.2 percent of the market (up 1.4 percent since January). Samsung was second with 22 percent (up 0.6 percent). Following Samsung in order were HTC (8.9 percent), Motorola (8.3 percent) and LG (6.7 percent). All three have [...]

App Downloads: Apple Reaches 50 Billion, Google Play 48 Billion

Apple app store logo At the Google I/O keynote this morning, Google announced that Google Play had seen 48 billion app downloads. This was on the heels of the announcement that there were 900 million Android device activations since inception. Later in the day at roughly 5 pm US Eastern time, Apple said that its App Store saw its 50 billionth app download. This had been long anticipated. And, it's quite a milestone. However, Google partly stole Apple's thunder with its own announcement of nearly the same number of downloads earlier in the day. This afternoon, the following image appeared on Apple's homepage: [...]

Report: Asia/Pacific Only Region To Show Mobile Phone Sales Growth Last Quarter, China Wins 25.7% Of Global Sales

smartphones-600px In a new report from Gartner, the only global market to experience mobile phone sales growth during Q1 2013 was the Asia/Pacific region, demonstrating a 6.4 percent increase year-on-year. This growth rate accounted for a 53.1 percent year-on-year increase in Asia/Pacific's share of mobile phones globally. China witnessed a 7.5 percent increase last quarter compared to Q1 2012, and accounted for 25.7 percent of all global mobile phone sales. "The Chinese and local manufacturers have been exemplary at addressing the demands of buyers by offering affordable devices with optimum features," claim [...]

With New Gmail And Chrome Integrations, Is Google Trying To “Colonize” iOS Devices?

New Gmail for iOS Is Google simply trying to create a better user experience on the iPhone and iPad or is it trying to "colonize" iOS with its apps? It all depends on your point of view -- though, it's probably a bit of both. When the new Gmail app for iOS was released May 6, immediately, inflammatory headlines appeared, suggesting that Google was "taking over the iPhone." However, that's not exactly the case. Users of the new Gmail app have the (default) option to go directly to the native versions of YouTube and Google Maps, as well as open Chrome via links in email. Previously, such links would have op [...]

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 [...]

March Mobile Market Share: Apple Gains, Android Drops, Microsoft Sees Some Movement

smartphones The March smartphone market share numbers are out from comScore. What we see is Apple gaining 2.7 points to maintain its lead as the top US smartphone maker. Samsung also gained slightly and remains the number two smartphone manufacturer in the US. All other hardware makers, including Google's troubled Motorola unit, lost ground. Below are the smartphone operating system share percentages. Android lost about a point and a half of share. Apple gained 2.7 percentage points. And Windows Phones saw a slight gain. These comScore data above stand in contrast to data released earlier in [...]

Report: Samsung Now Undisputed King Of Smartphone Realm

Galaxy S4 Not that long ago many people were speculating about when smartphone penetration would reach 50 percent. That happened relatively early in 2012. And today US smartphone ownership stands at roughly 60% according to Nielsen. Yesterday IDC reported another milestone: smartphone "shipments" surpassed non-smartphone shipments for the first time in Q1. According to the device-tracking firm, "more than half (51.6 percent) the total phone shipments in a quarter were smartphones." The following chart shows top global phone vendors (all phone shipments) according to IDC: Samsung lead all ot [...]

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: iPhone Regains Impression Lead, iPad Generating 12 Pct Of Mobile Ad Revenue Globally

Share of impressions Opera Opera has released its quarterly State of Mobile Advertising report for Q1 2013. The major finding is that "iOS continues to outperform all other device platforms in terms of monetization, with the highest average eCPM and greatest percentage of publisher revenue." In addition the iPhone has regained its lead (among the publishers using Opera's Mediaworks platform) over Android handsets on a global basis. This is remarkable given the overall OS lead that Android has now established. Opera observed that "Android tablets [have grown] to a small but noticeable share of the market." However [...]

Federal Judge Expresses Anger Toward Apple, Motorola For Using Global Litigation “As A Business Strategy”

android-apple-ios In the original Star Trek series episode called "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield," two nearly identical aliens, inflamed by mutual hatred, beam down to their decimated planet to continue their fight, seemingly for eternity. That might also be a way to describe the Apple-Android global litigation: it goes on and on, seemingly forever. A frustrated federal judge in Florida has publicly attacked both Apple and, in this case, Motorola (Google) for being unwilling to voluntarily streamline and simplify their case or engage in sincere settlement talks. According to Bloomberg, exasperated US  [...]

WSJ: Yahoo Wants Deeper Relationship With Apple

Yahoo + Apple Earlier in the week, I speculated that Yahoo might be able to follow Facebook's lead and create a Home-like proprietary software layer on top of Android. But, there would be risks in doing so. An alternative way to boost mobile usage and traffic might be to deepen an existing partnership with another operating system that has massive reach: iOS. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) is reporting this afternoon that Apple and Yahoo are having a conversation, with no deal imminent, to expand the amount of Yahoo content available to Siri and pre-loaded on Apple devices. According to the WSJ: But [...]

Administrative Body Affirms Samsung Violation Of Apple “Text Selection” Patent

android-apple-ios According to Reuters, a judge on the US International Trade Commission (ITC)  has affirmed that Samsung infringed an Apple patent involving "text selection" (copy, cut, paste). The ITC is a "quasi-judicial federal agency" that reviews patent and trade-related disputes. The decision above is not final and must be reviewed by the full ITC body. Apple originally filed seven infringement complaints against Samsung in 2011. Last October another individual ITC judge held that Samsung infringed four of the seven Apple patents. The full ITC asked that two of those four claims be re-examined mor [...]

No Way You’re Only 40, Happy Birthday Cell Phone!

It was 40 years ago today that Martin Cooper, an employee at Motorola, made the first ever cell phone call from the streets of Manhattan. Cooper used the Motorola DynaTAC to dial his rival, Joel Engel, the Bell Laboratories research chief. The cell phone Cooper had helped create was ten-inches tall and weighed two and a half pounds. It would be ten years before Motorola's DynaTAC hit the market, costing $3500 in 1983. While mobile phone technology has greatly improved during the last 40 years, the mobile Internet is still relatively new. With the first iPhone in 2007, followed by the first [...]

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 [...]

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