Posts Tagged ‘iphone’

Poll: Android, iPhone, Blackberry, Microsoft, Nokia, Best User Experience?

July 20th, 2010 by Richard Zwicky

I’ve received quite a bit of email about the post showing how Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android OS powered phones are surging, but Google’s seem to drive more people online. I’m not ignoring Nokia’s offerings, nor do I dismiss the Palm systems, Microsoft mobile etc. In fact, I think Microsoft’s next version of mobile OS could be great!

The point is, each of the phones have definitely addressed different marketplaces. Google and Apple’s offerings definitely appear to be targeting the same groups, and at least from the perspective of enticing people to surf the web, Google seems to be doing a better job.

I’ve had a few people email me that they use apps on the iPhone to fetch info, and perhaps this accounts for the difference in numbers. Unfortunately, since most of the top apps are available for both platforms, this is unlikely to be a factor. As a side note, Apple’s App Store blows away Google’s.

So, tell us, which phone’s OS / Browser combination do you think offers the best web browsing User Experience? Remember, you don’t need to own one to vote for it.  This has nothing to with best of email, call quality, etc.

Previous poll: Are Tweets Effective Interruption Marketing?

Mobile Market Share on the Move - Is Android Superior?

July 19th, 2010 by Richard Zwicky

It would appear that based on data which would indicate people’s habit with their mobile devices, that the Android offers a better user experience for surfing the Internet than the Google iPhone. While the Android and the iPhone’s share of the overall browser market continues to grow, it is surprising to note that despite the iPhone’s lead in activations, mobile web usage of phone browsers powered by Google’s Android appears to be picking up steam faster than Apple’s iPhone.

The last time I posted market share numbers around web browser referrals to web sites from mobile devices, the various devices had not yet even broken a combined 1% total share.  It appears that milestone’s long gone now, as shown in the chart below.  Looking at the graph, and data, there’s more going on beyond the obvious “Google’s Android web usage is exploding faster than Apple’s iPhone.”  The reality is while that fact is important, and can be attributed in part to the diversity (60)  of devices running the Android OS, versus the four devices running Apple’s iphone, the diversity of devices in stores is minor compared to the fact that there are many more Apple iPhone devices in circulation. Apple sold 1.7 million iPhone 4’s within days of release along, and has years worth activation , compared to 160,000 Android phones being activated daily.  That gap pales when comparing the mobile browser usage numbers.

A while back Steve Jobs was quoted that most iPhone activity goes via apps, versus search or traditional browser.  I found that comment interesting as it reflects a different layer of Internet activity which most of us ignore.  While this likely is true, the stunning growth rate in overall web browser usage from Androids v. iPhones reveals something else: People with Android phones use them quite differently from those who have iPhones.

While putting together these numbers, I happened to read Peter Sims’ Tech Crunch’s article “Is Google at Risk of Becoming the Next Microsoft.”  When I look at these numbers, the answer definitely becomes no.  Just the innovation is not in the same area as before.

Now, I don’t own either an Android or an iPhone.  I do have a Blackberry Bold 2, which is great for email and has good sound quality, but it lacks the quality browser experience which might entice me to surf via my phone.  If I have to look something up online using my Blackberry, it’s a last resort.  Conversely, that function is key to both the Android and iPhone.  However, it appears that despite Apple’s massive lead in total footprint based on activations, Android is making that experience much more positive, and as a consequence, Android owners are much more likely to surf using their devices.

The web sites which we are tracking, and using as a basis for the data that we are reporting are not likely to be accessed directly via apps.   Apologies for the timescale jump, for those who like the raw numbers:

iPhone Android Blackberry
July 0.448% 0.038% 0.026%
Aug 0.591% 0.045% 0.033%
Sept 0.583% 0.043% 0.041%
Oct 0.663% 0.049% 0.044%
July 2010 1.070% 0.483% 0.051%

Eightfold Logic collects data from a network of web sites distributed globally.

Which Mobile Browsers have the Most Sophisticated Users?

December 10th, 2009 by Richard Zwicky

Since I just posted about desktop browser usage, and reported that Mac users may not be, by default, any more sophisticated than Microsoft users, I thought it might be interesting to look at mobile browser usage.

Looks like Blackberry users view the least pages per mobile browser sessions (that’s me), and surprisingly, Palm Pre users are the fastest browsers. On the whole, not a lot of difference across the browsers, which surprised me. I though that iPhone and Android users would exhibit dramatically different behavior than others.

Mobile Browser Average Pages Viewed Average Time on Site
iPhone 2.49 02:38
Android 2.45 02:51
BlackBerry 2.13 02:48
Palm Pre 2.78 02:36
IE Mobile 2.48 03:13

About the data. Enquisite works with thousands of sites worldwide and captures a trove of relevant search-related data every day. The browser shares reported here are based on data from a selection of Enquisite-tagged sites that cumulatively represent over 350 million page views/month, across most major industry sectors - a very significant sample size. The data reported solely reflects our data.

Mobile Browser Market Share Data

November 18th, 2009 by Richard Zwicky

As promised to lots of people last week at Pubcon, and to Mike Grehan over at SES, I’m going to start posting even more varied data.

A frequent request from and for search marketers is insight into the mobile browser market. While still tiny in relation to general web traffic when considered from the search perspective, the growing adoption of devices built with web browsing in mind make these numbers are worth watching. I suspect that as iPhones & Android devices become even more ubiquitous, these numbers will continue to grow. Most remarkably, if Blackberry built a better web interface / UI into their devices, I suspect their share would more accurately reflect their general market share for devices in use.

I’ve prepared two charts: one which includes all the mobile browsers; and one with the iPhone removed. The reason is simple - the iPhone is so dominant that it’s impossible to see market share changes for the others without excluding it. This is very much like Google’s overwhelming marketshare dominance in search.

With the iPhone’s market share displayed, it’s hard to make out any of the competitors:

Without the iPhone’s market share displayed, it’s much easier to see the trends starting to emerge:

The obvious insights that I spied immediately were:

1) Android outperforms Blackberry even thought their install base is tiny by contrast.
2) Android’s numbers will be very interesting to watch with Verizon’s big push on their devices.
3) Windows Mobile numbers are horrible! By the time MSFT catches up on search, they’ll realize that they’ve lost their dominant position for being the interface to the web! (IE, mobile etc…)
4) Look at the Palm Pre! For a phone which T-Mobile didn’t really do a great job pushing, their lead on Microsoft is astounding. (yes, I’ve asked for those numbers to be double-checked).
5) Every one of these browsers is growing strongly and steadily. It’s a great sign for the future of mobile marketing!

What are your thoughts?

The raw data for those who prefer the numbers, not the graphics:

iPhone Android Blackberry Palm Pre Win Mobile
July 31 0.448% 0.038% 0.026% 0.008% 0.005%
Aug 31 0.591% 0.045% 0.033% 0.012% 0.007%
Sept 30 0.583% 0.043% 0.041% 0.012% 0.007%
Oct 31 0.663% 0.049% 0.044% 0.016% 0.008%

Enquisite collects data from a network of web sites distributed globally. The data used in this reports represents web sites distributed globally, accessed by browsers located in the U.S.

With mobile browsing in particular, I suspect there’s a higher level of incidence than even of browsers who look up information, but never click through to any destination web site, leaving the search engine / resource of choice being the information portal.

Yes, Google is unquestionably a portal when mobile is considered.

Browser Market Share Update - Oct 2009

November 4th, 2009 by Richard Zwicky

Ongoing trends continue to bear out in the browser share numbers. It will be interesting to observe what happens in November and December with the Android numbers due to the Droid phone releases at Verizon (VZ). With their incredible reach, we might be able to observe the trends relating to number of phones that are activated reflected shortly in Android browser market share.

July 2009 August 2009 September 2009 October 2009
MSIE (all) 67.59% 66.75% 66.61% 64.65%
Firefox 19.09% 21.99% 21.13% 21.70%
Chrome 1.83% 2.27% 2.38% 2.28%
iPhone 0.45% 0.59% 0.58% 0.66%
Android 0.04% 0.04% 0.04% 0.05%

About the data. Enquisite works with thousands of sites worldwide and captures a trove of relevant search-related data every day. The browser shares reported here are based on data from a selection of Enquisite-tagged sites that cumulatively represent over 350 million page views/month, across most major industry sectors - a very significant sample size. The data reported solely reflects our data.

Search Engine Market Shares - Weekly Update

October 27th, 2009 by Richard Zwicky

A couple of weeks ago, I began publishing information about how the market shares for the search engine referral rates is changing. I’m attempting to update the information weekly. Once in a while, I’ll put up some other data, like the browser share data I posted a few weeks ago. In fact, it should be interesting to watch the numbers for iPhone v Android browser usage evolve once Verizon launches their “droid” line.

To highlight the trend, I’ll re-post the data from early September, but the graph below reflects trend information back to early August. You can review all the previous data in my earlier posts.

search engine referral reate trends to October 26 2009

Google Yahoo Bing Others
September 7 78.68% 11.51%  6.80%  4.06%
September 14 78.35% 11.13%  6.50%  4.02%
September 21 77.43% 11.35%  7.11%  4.12%
September 28 77.65% 10.80%  7.27%  4.28%
October 4 77.78% 10.66%  7.23%  4.25%
October 12 77.78% 10.66%  7.21%  4.36%
October 18 77.89% 10.65%  7.29%  4.16%
October 26 77.83% 10.55%  7.56%  4.05%

Again, this data represents search engine clickthrough activity where the people initiating the searches are located in the U.S.

Google Chrome, Safari and Firefox Continue to Grow; Don't Ignore Mobile

October 6th, 2009 by Richard Zwicky

Around this time last year, I looked at browser market share in the context of Google’s Chrome browser release. The market has definitely changed quite a bit since last year. Most surprisingly for me is how Chrome rebounded from a soft launch. Firefox, Chrome and Safari now account for nearly 31% of search queries worldwide, up 50% over September, 2008. Interestingly, Firefox and Safari have both grown by almost 45% in their combined market share vs. November, 2008.

At first glance this particular data set doesn’t appear to help much with SEO. But usability is a major concern of any SEO, and browser compatibility is key to usability. So SEOs need to understand these trends and plan accordingly to render properly within the leading browsers.

Separately, my friend Cindy Krum is always asking me about mobile browser data. Total mobile browser market share now surpasses 1% of all search engine referral browser views. Not surprisingly, the iPhone leads the pack at is at almost 0.6% marketshare, which is significant, and double the share vs. April of this year. RIM, Opera and Android and a few others make up the remainder. One year ago, Android was a non-issue. Now, it’s 0.04%. Still tiny, but noticeable. SEOs need to pay attention to this emerging trend. The real estate in the organic listings on the mobile browsers is much smaller, and the likelihood of people on mobile browsers going to page 2 in the results is also lower, so being at the top of the page one listings in mobile really is all that matters.

July 2009 August 2009 September 2009
MSIE (all) 67.59% 66.75% 66.61%
Firefox 19.09% 21.99% 21.13%
Safari 5.12% 6.86% 7.08%
Chrome 1.83% 2.27% 2.38%
iPhone 0.45% 0.59% 0.58%
Android 0.04% 0.04% 0.04%

About the data. Enquisite works with thousands of sites worldwide and captures a trove of relevant search-related data every day. The browser shares reported here are based on data from a selection of Enquisite-tagged sites that cumulatively represent over 350 million page views/month, across most major industry sectors - a very significant sample size.

Lastly, yesterday marked the kick-off for SMX East. Sadly, I’m not going to be there this year, as I had to bow out at the last minute for personal reasons. I know a few people, Jessica Bowman among them, had commented that were looking forward to some data, so in that vein, I hope this provides some insight into what’s going on in the search world. More data on blog posts to come.

postscript - for those who don’t like having 2 windows open… here’s the numbers from last year…

Date Chrome Firefox Safari MS IE (All)
09/30/08 0.501% 15.007% 4.321% 79.832%
10/15/08 0.433% 15.387% 4.178% 79.592%
10/20/08 0.462% 15.643% 4.296% 79.183%