Report: Google Chrome & Android Browsers Surpass IE, Become Most Popular Browsers In US

google-chrome-600 A new report from Adobe Digital Index reveals Google browsers have surpassed Microsoft IE in US market share, with Chrome and Android browsers winning 31.8 percent of the combined desktop and mobile browser market, compared to IE's 30.9 percent market share. Adobe claims this is a six-percent year-over-year increase for Google, while IE is down six-percent year-over-year. Apple's Safari ranked No. 3 with 25 percent of the combined desktop and mobile market share, yet it owns more than half of the mobile market share. "Device defaults matter," said ADI analyst Tyler White, "Today mobil [...]


Did Privacy Search Engine DuckDuckGo Pay To Be Included Apple’s Safari? That’s Private!

ddg logo 600 Tiny search engine DuckDuckGo scored a huge victory yesterday when Apple announced DuckDuckGo would be an option included in future versions of its Safari web browser, as a privacy feature. But did DuckDuckGo pay to make that happen, as others like Google do? That's private, and DDG can't say. "The terms are confidential. Needless to say though DuckDuckGo is thrilled to be included in Safari," DuckDuckGo's CEO and founder Gabriel Weinberg emailed, when we asked if there was any paid component to the arrangement, either a direct payment of some type or compensation in any way. Apple Ke [...]


Report: Chrome The World’s Top Browser, Safari Now Second

apple-safari-featured How things have changed. Chrome is the world's top browser, and Safari is number two. That's according to Shareaholic’s most recent browser share report. The company says the data are collected from a base of more than 250 million users and over 200,000 publishers. While Chrome is the undisputed browser leader (35 percent), Shareaholic says that mobile growth has helped propel Safari to the number two position. Safari's combined mobile and desktop share is now 26 percent, says Shareaholic. The company reports that Internet Explorer and Firefox have both lost ground. The two now co [...]


Report: Apple Is Killing The Cookie And It’s Costing Publishers

apple-iphone-5s5c-featured As mobile usage soars, the impact of Apple's actions to block third-party cookies is being felt throughout the online advertising ecosystem. Casale Media's latest Index Quarterly Cookie Report, finds that in the first half of 2013. Safari served 67 percent of impressions without cookies and more than 60 percent of mobile impressions were not cookie-enabled, driven almost entirely by iPad and iPhone usage. iPhones and iPads accounted for 66 percent of mobile impressions in the Index report. Safari holds over 60 percent of the mobile browser market share, according to Net Applications. Tha [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


Safari Still Leading With 61% Of The Mobile Browser Market

apple-safari-featured Net Applications, a site that monitors web traffic, announced today that Apple's iOS browser Safari won 61.79 percent of all mobile browser web traffic last month, a solid six-point percentage jump from February when it led with 55.41 percent of the market. At 61.79 percent, Safari ranks high above its competitors, owning 40 percent more than Android's default browser which holds the No. 2 spot in mobile browser marketshare. Android captured 21.86 percent last month, dropping from 22.82 percent in February. Safari and Android are the only browsers with marketshare in the double digits. O [...]


Study: iPad Controls 98 Percent Of Tablet Web Traffic

ipad-featured There are a lots of tablets in the market now and hardware-tracking firm IDC says that Android's share is gaining on Apple. However, despite the increase in "shipments" of various tablets, very few of them drive meaningful web traffic according a new study from mobile publishing platform Onswipe. Onswipe says that the iPad is responsible for a remarkable 98 percent of all tablet-based traffic to its publisher partners. All other tablets drive less than 2 percent of web traffic combined. This would be almost unbelievable if it weren't supported by other research showing similar trends. Ho [...]


Report: Mobile Safari Users Generate More Clicks, Longest Queries

Screen Shot 2012-11-06 at 2.18.20 PM Ad network Chitika provided us with some interesting data comparing click through rates (CTRs) and query lengths on the various desktop and mobile browsers based on millions of impressions on its network. It found that Opera (PC) browser users clicked-through more often than other browser users. Opera users are generally regarded as less mainstream and more tech-savvy than other browser users (e.g., Explorer) so it's curious that Opera's CTR would be highest. Next in line after Opera but ahead of all other browsers, PC or mobile, is mobile Safari with a 1.54 percent CTR. Chitika told me [...]


Mobile Browser Speed Battle: iOS Devices Faster On 3G, Android Faster On LTE

mobile-web-traffic-featured A new study on mobile browser speed offers mixed results when comparing iOS and Android devices, and shows that it's not just the device/platform that you're using, but also the cellular network that you're on that matters. Strangeloop Networks has just published its 2012 State of Mobile Ecommerce Performance report, which looks at how fast the top 200 e-commerce websites load on mobile web browsers. It's a companion report to the desktop browser speedy study that Strangeloop issued last week. For this study, Strangeloop measured 200 e-commerce sites over 3G and LTE networks in July and [...]


Study: Android Owners “More Complacent” Than iOS Users When It Comes To Browser Choice

Screen Shot 2012-09-25 at 9.19.37 AM The majority of iPhone and Android owners use the default browser on their devices, though some have downloaded and use alternatives according to a new analysis from Chitika. The company looked a week’s worth of traffic from US and Canadian sites, amounting to "hundreds of millions of online impressions from [the Chitika] ad network between August 28th and September 4th, 2012." Notwithstanding the "complacency" of most mobile browser users Chitika discovered that iOS owners were more inclined to download and use alternatives. Chitika reported that more than 91 percent of Android impressio [...]


Report: Google Negotiating With FTC Over Safari ‘Cookiegate’ Fine

google-legal-law Google is reportedly negotiating with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to determine the fine it will pay for bypassing the privacy settings on Apple's Safari web browser. That's according to a Bloomberg report that cites a "person familiar with the matter." Bloomberg's source says that Google could face a fine of "tens of millions of dollars." Back in February, the Wall Street Journal revealed how Google was getting around Safari's privacy settings so that it could make its +1 buttons work on advertisements in Safari. In doing so, the company may have violated the terms of its Google B [...]


Who’s Winning The Browser Wars? It Depends On Whom You Ask

browser-logos A couple of recent articles have looked at the current state of browser usage, but they don't agree on which browser is No. 1 right now. On Wednesday, Shareaholic -- the social media button provider -- shared a chart showing browser usage in April across more than 200,000 publisher sites that use its buttons. According to their data, Chrome has a five percent lead over Internet Explorer, with Firefox a very close third. Shareaholic puts Safari at about 13 percent overall market share -- a number that includes iOS traffic. Android browser usage is also on the rise as you can see abov [...]


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