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While it is the ongoing competitive tussle between Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android that grabs the headlines, it is easy to forget just how far ahead these two operating systems have pulled ahead of the rest. The latest figures from the London headquartered Adfonic show 83% of ad impressions globally originate from iOS or Android-powered handsets.
Apple’s iOS is responsible for the largest proportion, 45%, of ad impressions on the global network. It is particularly strong in Europe where it accounts for 52% of impressions.
In the U.S. however, it is Android that leads with a 46% share, according to Adfonics inaugural Global Admetrics report. The regional variations extend to other platforms, reports Mobile Marketing.
Symbian is relatively popular in Africa (20 per cent) and Asia (8 per cent), but its proportion of ad impressions is negligible in other regions. In terms of clickthrough rates, mobile ads on devices using Android outperform those served to devices using iOS in entertainment, lifestyle and social networking mobile apps and sites. Despite its current problems, RIM nonetheless has two BlackBerry handsets among the top eight devices by volume of ad impressions, and while devices using Windows Mobile or Windows Phone 7 currently make up a small proportion of global ad impressions, it is interesting to note that these operating systems demonstrate very positive click-through rates.
It also seems there is one type of content that is most effective for mobile advertisers.
In line with wider industry trends, apps and mobile sites featuring games enjoy the biggest proportion of mobile ad impressions, accounting for 44 per cent in Europe and for more than 30 per cent across all other regions except Africa. Games content also sees the strongest clickthrough rates globally of any content category, and generates the highest earnings for publishers and developers.
A full copy of theAdfonic report is available for download.
Mobile Marketing: iOS and Android Account For 83 Per Cent of Adfonic’s Ad Impressions
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, once the dominant Web browser by far, long ago lost its huge lead. First Firefox ate into its numbers, and now Google’s Chrome has become a solid contender.
But as a new study by Royal Pingdom indicates, no one browser rules globally. In fact, which browser is considered the most-used varies by region. Chrome, Firefox and IE each take the No. 1 spot depending on location, according to data collected earlier this month.
Among the findings:
• Internet Explorer dominates in two of the world’s six regions: North America and Oceania, which is primarily Australia and New Zealand. In North America, the various versions of IE are used 40.4 percent of the time, compared to 24.1 percent for Chrome and 21 percent for Firefox.
In Oceania, IE has a smaller lead: 35.5 percent compared to No. 2 Chrome’s 33.9 percent. Firefox is third with 22.6 percent.
• Europe has the closest browser horse race, with Firefox in the lead with 30.6 percent, IE at 29.2 percent and Chrome at 29.1 percent. This may have to do with the European Union’s insistence that Windows users be given a choice of which browser to use when setting up a new computer. Microsoft has a special version of its OS for Europe that presents a selection screen during setup, and these numbers indicate it may be having the desired effect.
• Chrome has a huge lead in South America with a whopping 48 percent, the largest share of any top browser in any of the regions. IE is No. 2 there at 28.9 percent, while Firefox is 20.8 percent.
• Chrome also is tops in Asia at 36.4 percent, followed by IE at 33.9 percent and Firefox at 24.3 percent.
• Firefox has the lead in Africa with 39.5 percent. Chrome comes in at 29.3 percent, and IE takes third at 25.7 percent. This is the only region where Internet Explorer comes in behind both Chrome and Firefox.
But something very interesting happens when you look at specific browser versions, as opposed to browser types. In all the regions except North America, Chrome 18 is the most-used browser. In North America, it’s Internet Explorer 9 at 20.2 percent. That version consistency is due to Chrome’s silent and frequent updates – the browser is updated in the background, without users ever knowing. With both IE and Firefox, new versions are announced and require a restart of the browser, giving users the chance to say no if they prefer.
Interestingly, the most recent version of IE is not the dominant version in all regions, illustrating Microsoft’s ongoing issue with getting its users to adopt the latest software. IE9 is tops in North America, Europe and Oceania. In the other three regions, it’s IE8. (Microsoft can be thankful that at least IE 6 shows up way at the bottom of the list in only Asia and Africa.)
The Royal Pingdom numbers are in contrast to those generated monthly by Net Applications, a popular source for browser data. There, from data aggregated globally this month, IE has a 53.83 percent share overall.
Update: Mozilla today released version 12 of its Firefox browser. Like Chrome, Firefox now has silent updates.
According to StatCounter, Chrome accounted for 32.70% of browser market share on Sunday, followed by 32.48% for IE and 24.88% for Firefox. The most popular browser version was Chrome 17 with 29.51%. IE9 was a distant second with just 15.61%. IE8, Firefox 10 and Firefox 11 followed with 13.56%, 9.91%, and 6.86%, respectively.
On a regional basis, Chrome has overtaken IE in Africa and is now the second most popular browser behind Firefox. In Asia, Chrome has passed IE and is the most popular browser since the beginning of this month. In Europe, the browser market is a three-horse race in which Firefox and IE are exchanging leads, but Chrome has recently been able to overtake IE on weekends and is now closing in on both browsers. In North America, IE has still a substantial lead, but Chrome has replaced Firefox as the second most popular browser. The same is the case in Oceania. Chrome has been the dominating browser for some time in South America and currently reaches peak market shares of almost 50%.
For the entire month, IE still has the lead globally. IE currently stands at 34.78% while Chrome is at 30.91% and Firefox at 25.04%. The trend shows that Microsoft will surrender about 0.9 points of share this month, Google will gain about 1 point and Mozilla will add about 0.2 points.
Browser market share data before 2006 are scarce and it is impossible to trace back market share numbers that compare to today’s StatCounter data. However, the EWS Web Server at UIUC, which was available from 1996 to 1998 found that IE surpassed Netscape Navigator market share in Q4 of 1998 with 50.43% versus 46.87%. It is widely believed that it was IE4, which was released in September 1997, that captured the market lead for Microsoft thanks to its deep Windows 95 integration, and that it was IE5, which was launched in March 1999, that cemented Microsoft’s browser market leadership that exists until today.
Google first released Chrome as a beta version in September 2008. Despite heavy advertising, it took Google nearly half a year to gain 2% market share. In its first full year, gained 4.07 market share points. In its second year, Chrome added 8.81 points and in its third 11.84 points. In march, Chrome will post a new 12-month record market share gain of about 12.6 points, while IE is down about 9.7 points and Firefox is down about 4.6 points. IE has surrendered about 28% of its market share over a period of 12 months, StatCounter data suggests.
The data provided by the web analytics firm indicates that Chrome will pass IE market share on a monthly average basis for in May or June of this year. At that time both IE and Chrome could be holding about 33% of the browser market.
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Google’s Chrome browser surpassed 30 percent market share for the first time last Saturday.
Chrome climbed to 30.86 percent, according to StatCounter, while Microsoft’s IE fell to a new 14-year low of 33.98 percent. If the current trend holds up, we will be seeing Chrome surpass IE market share in late Q1 or early Q2 of this year. Firefox market share has been stable at about 25 percent over the past two weeks.
For the entire month, StatCounter will report a considerable drop of market share of IE to about 37.5 percent, down from 38.7 percent in December. Chrome will increase its share from 27.3 percent in December to about 28.4 percent in January. Firefox will drop, to a 43-month low of about 24.8 percent.
Chrome’s gained in January largely due to greater popularity of the browser in North America, where Google was able to surpass Mozilla and now ranks second behind IE. 2012 is shaping up to become an inflection year for browser usage as Chrome is about to surpass IE market share in Africa to claim the #2 spot. Chrome is approaching IE market in Asia to become that region’s most popular browser. In Oceania, Chrome is surpassing Firefox market share to become #2. Chrome has been dominating the browser market in South America since mid-2011.
In related news, Mozilla today released Firefox 10 for download.