Tag: Market Share

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Chartbeat’s “Percent Of The Internet” Provides Real Time Browser Market Share Data

Chartbeat, a web service that provides real time web analytics for many large websites has launched a really cool new website called Percent of the Internet. The website is powered by Chartbeat data across the websites who use their analytics software and it provides users with real time browser and operating system market share data.

Simply click on the icon of the data you want such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, or even Mac OS X, and you will be presented with real time stats. You can even see the sample size used to get the information at the bottom of the page. It’s really cool.

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Microsoft Windows Market Share Is Only 20%, Behind Google and Apple

In a report by Goldman Sachs, the financial firm found that Microsoft’s flagship product, Windows has a mere 20% of the overall operating system market share when you look at all devices including tablets and smartphones. That’s a sharp contrast from 2004 when the report found that Microsoft Windows had the lion’s share of the market with a dominant 95% and Apple with a measly 5%.

How times have changed.

These days, Android is the market share leader in terms of number of devices coming in with 42% of the market share, while Apple is in second with 24% and Microsoft is sitting in third at 20%. It’s obvious that the introduction of the iPhone and iPad have really helped propel Apple past Microsoft, but if you look at the time table in which both Google and Apple have eaten away at Microsoft’s market share it’s just incredible how quickly its happened.

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Mobile Email Usage Surpasses Desktop Email Usage

An infographic published by Litmus shows that more email is opened on mobile devices (36% as of April 2012) than in desktop clients (33%). The actual breakdown of email clients, as shown below, shows that the iPhone is in the lead in terms of opened emails accounting for 20% of the market share, with Outlook not too far behind at 18%.

One thing that remains unclear is whether webmail opens (e.g. Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, and web version) would boost the mobile or desktop numbers, as webmail can occur on either platform. Another thing of note is how low Gmail ranked in the findings, even though it’s estimated Gmail has more users than Hotmail. It’s possible that Gmail’s numbers may be affected by people who use Gmail in an actual desktop client such as Apple Mail, Outlook, or even on a mobile device such as the iPhone (in the Mail app).

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iPhone Sales Down Pending Release of iPhone 5

As a blogger I rely heavily on numbers and solid facts to be able to form the opinions, viewpoints, and commentary that I share with readers like yourself.  Even though my job as a blogger doesn’t typically ask me to prepare numbers and statistics on my own, the fact of the matter is that without the flow of information that is readily available from the Internet I wouldn’t have anything to base my writings on, as the changes in statistics, information, and developments each and every day are what make the news that I report.  No better example of this concept is the constantly changing market-share in the dog-eat-dog mobile industry where competitors are constantly one-upping each other and releasing better and more powerful products.

This week a new statistical figure from Nielsen has concluded that in the last three months sales of Android handsets have been double that of Apple’s iPhone.  But while this number makes it sound as if Apple has really fallen behind in the mobile market, really following the ups and downs of the mobile industry really does prove that while Android-based handsets are definitely gaining in popularity, Apple is still an incredibly strong player in the industry.  And even though Apple’s sales of iPhone handsets are indeed down right now the numbers aren’t as bad as some people may make them out to be.

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Why Aren’t Android Tablets Taking Off?

Even if you cannot appreciate the technology and innovation that Apple‘s second generation iPad brought to the mobile market, there really is no denying the fact that the device has been incredibly successful in overtaking and dominating that tablet market.  With the second generation product having hit shelves more than two months ago now I think it really speaks for itself that the device is still somewhat of a challenge to acquire even today, with ship dates from the online Apple Store ranging from between one and two weeks. And while the success and popularity of the iPad line definitely heightened with the unveiling and subsequent release of the iPad 2 in early March the fact of the matter is that Apple really had quite a stronghold on the tablet industry from the get-go, breaking ground on a consumer product that had no competition or real alternative at the time.

Unsurprisingly the previously unfathomable success of a consumer-focused tablet product made way for a wide array of competing tablet products that soon swept the retail market, and soon after the release of the first generation Apple iPad the market had become flooded with competitors.  Big names like Vizio, Acer, and Nvidia all got their game faces on and geared up to sink their teeth into the growing mobile industry.  Living up to their promise, there have been a great many non-Apple tablets that have been released in the last few months; many of which sporting Google’s Android mobile operating system.  Recently Jen-Hsun Huang, Nvidia’s CEO, voiced his opinion on the growing tablet market and why Android-based tablets have yet to be a hit with consumers.

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Bing Reaches 14% Marketshare

In the world of Internet search engines, there has always been this huge perception that Google would always be the largest and dominant search engine on the Internet.  After all, we how many times do we hear the term “Bing it”?  “Yahoo it”?  “Jeeves it”?  Exactly.  Google has not only become a cultural icon, but a driving force in just about every aspect of the technology industry as well.  And while Google’s success is still going strong today with Google having a strong-arm on approximately sixty-percent of the search engine traffic and market-share, recent news has proven that even though Google has a solid foundation in the search engine arena definitely has room for competition.

In the past I’ve looked at Microsoft‘s growing search engine known as “Bing.”  Even though many people, myself included, find that Bing is an extraordinary search engine it has previously been apparent that Bing was a money-draining venture for Microsoft that wasn’t really paying off.  I have even gone as far as questioning why Microsoft has held onto Bing despite its miserable failures.  More recently, however, search engine rankings are showing that Bing gets approximately fourteen percent of all search engine queries in the United States.  Of course this is only about a quarter of the traffic that Google receives, but nonetheless it shows that Bing is heading in the right direction; despite less than promising standings less than a year ago.

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Bing Search Market Share 1 Year Later

This past weekend marked the 1 year anniversary of Bing which was officially announced May 28th, 2009.  Over the past year, Microsoft sites search market share went from 8% in May 2009 to 11.8% in April 2010 (I’m using April’s numbers because May 2010 isn’t released to later this month) according to comScore.  Google on the other hand hasn’t changed nearly as much, going from 65% in May 2009 to 64.4% in April 2010.  Granted Google’s market share did increase in March 2010 to 65.1% but as noted did drop down in April.  Yahoo also took a hit in market share going from 20.1% in May 2009 to 17.7% in April 2010.  So what does this all mean?  Obviously, the two biggest changes that occurred were Bing (positive change) and Yahoo (negative change), while Google has stayed mostly stagnant.

It’s clear that Google is still the dominant force in this industry, but should they be worried?  Once Yahoo completes the transition to Bing powering their search, Microsoft will potentially have approximately 30% of the search market.  It’s an interesting position for Google to be in.  They actually have some serious competition now in the search industry.  Over the past decade or so, there really wasn’t anyone who could be taken seriously when going up against Google.  But now, Microsoft is David and Google is Goliath.

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