Blogs

Cidewalk Insights: iPhone Web Share Outpaces Share of App Traffic

  • 15 December 2014
Mobile application vs. Web traffic on North American smartphones reflect similar environments from a brand perspective. But while, for example, Apple users generate the most traffic in both ecosystems, the differences between a given user base’s app and Web share sheds some light on how app usage rates differ on a platform-to-platform basis.

Phablet Status Report: 77% of North American Usage from Samsung Users, but Apple, Others Growing Quickly

  • 25 November 2014
Several years following their North American debut, smartphones with five-inch and larger screens, nicknamed phablets, have become decidedly mainstream. Samsung has designed both of its latest flagship Galaxy S devices with screens surpassing the five-inch mark, and Apple released its first phablet-style iPhone earlier this fall. With Samsung’s sizable number of offerings in the segment, it’s no wonder that users of its larger-screened smartphones drive more than 77% of all phablet-based Web traffic within North America. However, current usage statistics point to a competitive marketplace with a variety of brands achieving success with new five-inch and greater phone models.

Fourth Quarter 2014 Tablet Update: iPad Usage Share Rises Since July, Drops Slightly Year-over-Year

  • 6 November 2014
iPad users generated 79.9% of North American tablet-based Web traffic over the month of September 2014 - a share down from the 81% figure observed one year ago, but a gain of 1.9 percentage points since July 2014. Meanwhile, Amazon and Samsung tablets are, respectively, still the second- and third-largest sources of tablet Web usage in the U.S. and Canada after both posted slight quarter-over-quarter share drops over the study period.

OS X Yosemite Adoption Rate Slightly Outpaces Mavericks in North America

  • 24 October 2014

As part of Apple’s multi-faceted event held on October 16, 2014, the company officially released OS X Yosemite to the general public. Apple had previously made a public beta of the OS available for the first time in the company’s history, and this seems to have helped boost initial adoption rates slightly beyond what was observed for OS X Mavericks back in 2013.

UPDATE: iPhone 6 Usage Rates Continue to Grow, Hit 2.3% of North American iPhone Web Traffic

  • 30 September 2014

iPhone 6 users now generate 2.3% of total North American iPhone-based Web traffic - a figure roughly 0.8 percentage points higher than what was observed the first weekend following release. Meanwhile, the share of U.S. and Canadian iPhone-based Web traffic driven by iPhone 6 Plus users reached 0.3%, an increase of 0.1 percentage points since the first post-release weekend.

Why Usage Stats Matter – A Chitika Insights Op-Ed

  • 25 September 2014

As an organization, Chitika has wholeheartedly invested in building out the Chitika Insights research program through staffing, rigorous process management, and a quality data infrastructure. Additionally, our reports rely on our vast trove of ad impression data and our knowledgeable and skilled team of data scientists. It’s this impression-level data and attention to statistical detail that has ultimately led our research to be cited by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Bloomberg, and many others.

iOS 8 Adoption Rate Slower than iOS 7, 6, Hits 7.3% Nearly 24 Hours After Public Release

  • 18 September 2014

Apple began pushing out iOS 8 updates to eligible devices around 1pm ET on September 17, 2014. Unlike with iOS 7, which boasted a wide variety of differences from its predecessor iOS 6, in particular a brand new look and feel, iOS 8 was more incremental in its improvements. These include the ability to add widgets, extensions to share information between apps, and interactive notifications. While reviews of the new OS version have been generally positive, initial adoption of iOS 8 has been remarkably more tepid than the last two iOS iterations – iOS 7 and iOS 6.

Logging Data Part 5: Giving You the Keys

  • 9 September 2014

In our last edition of Logging Data, we introduced Cluster Map Reduce, or CMR. The new tool acts as an alternative to Hadoop and HDFS when paired with a POSIX compliant clustered file system, simplifying the movement of data through the analytical back end, and helping to minimize the dependencies and potential points where the data pull process may slow or stop altogether. Today, we’re proud to provide this tool to the world as a free, Open Source release!

Pre-Apple Event: Latest Versions of iPhone, OS X, iOS Most Prominent in North America

  • 8 September 2014

On September 9, 2014, Apple is expected to announce one or more new iPhone models, along with some news regarding the availability of the newest editions of iOS and OS X. Going into the event, usage-based stats show that Apple has done a noteworthy job managing its own mobile ecosystem from an adoption standpoint.

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