Insights

Android Web Traffic Distribution: LG Exhibits Largest Share Increase since June

  • 14 October 2014

While owners of Samsung devices continue to drive the majority share of North American Android Web traffic, LG posted the largest usage share gains among any Android brand between June and September 2014. Additionally, North American Android Web traffic continues to be heavily driven by smartphones as opposed to tablets, with the current 81% to 19% split widening by 2 percentage points since our previous study.

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.

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.

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.

Q3 UK Tablet Update: iPad Usage Share near 75%, Amazon Sees Sizable Gain Since April

  • 5 September 2014

Similar to the North American ecosystem, Apple iPad users generate the lion’s share of tablet-based Web traffic within the UK. Additionally, Samsung, Amazon, and Google users represent the next-largest UK tablet traffic segments, albeit in a slightly different order than what is observed in the U.S. and Canada.

Amazon Fire Phone Shows Steady, but Slow Growth in North America

  • 19 August 2014

Over two and a half years following the release of its Kindle Fire tablet, Amazon released its first smartphone on July 25, 2014. While the Fire Phone was listed atop Amazon’s Best Seller list for several days in early August, North American usage of the device has grown only incrementally, rather than exponentially, in the three weeks following the smartphone’s launch as an AT&T exclusive.

Q2 North American Mobile Update: Apple Users Drive Majority of Usage, Samsung Shows Greatest Growth

  • 4 August 2014

An earlier UK-based smartphone usage study found that Apple, Samsung, and BlackBerry users generated more than 86% of the country’s total smartphone Web traffic in June 2014. The latest Web traffic statistics for North America demonstrate a more diversified market on a brand basis, but Apple and Samsung users remain the biggest smartphone traffic drivers by a sizable margin.

Third Quarter 2014 Tablet Update: Apple, Amazon Shares Rise Quarter-over-Quarter

  • 22 July 2014

Since April 2014, the share of tablet Web traffic generated by North American Apple iPad and Kindle Fire users has increased by 0.8 and 1.2 percentage points, respectively. These represent the two largest quarter-over-quarter increases for any tablet brand, while Samsung’s user base exhibited the largest share loss over the same timeframe, dropping two full percentage points.

Windows Phone Update: Entry Level Nokia Models Dominate in North America

  • 18 July 2014

In a memo to employees sent on July 17, new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella suggested the company will take a focused, but long-term approach to gaining traction in the high-end smartphone market with its Nokia brand. While any potential geographic shifts to this strategic model are unclear, within North America, a plurality of Windows phone Web traffic is driven by users of Nokia’s more entry-level Lumia models, as opposed to its flagship devices.

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