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Browser stats for Q1 and Q2

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It’s time for some browser stats, as always courtesy of StatCounter.

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Browser stats for Q4

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It’s time for some browser stats, as always courtesy of StatCounter.

StatCounter has rolled out a major upgrade to its statistics. For the first time, tablets are now clearly separated from desktop. If you haven’t taken a look for a while, do so now.

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Local mobile browser markets: Brazil

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It’s instructive to take a good look at some local mobile browser market stats, as always by StatCounter. Today we treat Brazil.

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Local mobile browser markets: Egypt

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It’s instructive to take a good look at some local mobile browser market stats, as always by StatCounter. Today we treat Egypt.

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Local mobile browser markets: Mexico

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It’s instructive to take a good look at some local mobile browser market stats, as always by StatCounter. Today we treat Mexico.

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Local mobile browser markets: Netherlands

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It’s instructive to take a good look at some local mobile browser market stats, as always by StatCounter. Today we treat the Netherlands.

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Local mobile browser markets: US

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It’s instructive to take a good look at some local mobile browser market stats, as always by StatCounter. Today we treat the US.

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Local mobile browser markets: UK

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It’s instructive to take a good look at some local mobile browser market stats, as always by StatCounter. Today we treat the UK.

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Local mobile browser markets: South Korea

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It’s instructive to take a good look at some local mobile browser market stats, as always by StatCounter. Today we treat South Korea.

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Local mobile browser markets: Indonesia

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It’s instructive to take a good look at some local mobile browser market stats, as always by StatCounter. Today we treat Indonesia.

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Local mobile browser markets: India

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It’s instructive to take a good look at some local mobile browser market stats, as always by StatCounter. Today we treat India.

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Local mobile browser markets: Nigeria

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It’s instructive to take a good look at some local mobile browser market stats, as always by StatCounter. Today we treat Nigeria.

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Q3 browser stats

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It’s time for the quarterly browser stats according to StatCounter. Also, I present a comparison between StatCounter’s numbers and Akamai’s.

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Q1 and Q2 browser stats

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It’s time for some global browser stats courtesy of StatCounter. On desktop, Chrome is growing mightily. On mobile, Android and Safari increase their lead somewhat, to the detriment of especially Nokia and Opera. Also, Firefox disappears from the mobile radar, and I hadn’t expected that.

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Browser stats for Q4 2012 and all of 2012

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It’s time for some mobile browser stats, as always according to StatCounter. Here are the figures for Q4 last year, as well as for 2012 as a whole. Summary: an excellent year for Google’s browsers.

If you’re so inclined you can see ominous portents of the approaching WebKit apocalypse in these numbers. Non-WebKit browsers are losing market share everywhere.

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Why Android users surf less than iPhone users

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Yesterday we saw that in Q3 the Android browser has a 24% market share according to StatCounter. On the other hand, Tomi Ahonen reports Android’s Q3 sales market share was 71% and its installed base share 48%. Even allowing for fuzzy data and margins of error, that’s a huge difference. What’s the cause?

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Browser stats for Q3 2012

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It’s time for some browser stats; as always according to StatCounter. The Q3 stats are moderately interesting, both on the mobile and on the desktop side.

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Q1 and 2 2012 browser stats for 12 countries 2/2

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After part 1, here is part 2 of the quarterly mobile (and sometimes desktop) browser stats for the twelve countries I’ve been following since Q4 2010. As always, the stats are according to StatCounter.

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Q1 and 2 2012 browser stats for 12 countries 1/2

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Here are the quarterly mobile (and sometimes desktop) browser stats for the twelve countries I’ve been following since Q4 2010. As always, the stats are according to StatCounter.

This post treats the first six countries; the second six will appear next week. Your donation for keeping this series up and running would be much appreciated.

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Browser stats for Q1 and Q2

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It’s past time for some browser stats; as always according to StatCounter. Because I haven’t written an update in months I treat Q1 and Q2 in this article.

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Q4 2011 mobile browser stats for 12 countries 2/2

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Today we’ll finish the report on the Q2 2011 mobile browser stats according to StatCounter by treating the six countries with the least mobile browsing market share.

This post treats the second six countries. Part 1, which treated the first six, appeared two weeks ago. Your donation for keeping this series up and running would be much appreciated.

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Q4 2011 mobile browser stats for 12 countries 1/2

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It’s time for the quarterly mobile browser statistics from 12 selected countries according to StatCounter.

This post treats the first six countries; the second six will appear next week. Your donation for keeping this series up and running would be much appreciated.

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Browser stats for January

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It’s time for the browser stats for January; as always according to StatCounter.

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The four device classes

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I’ve been thinking a lot about device classes recently, and decided on a provisional four-class scheme. I have no idea if the scheme is going to survive, but we have to at least try to order the bewildering variety of devices somewhat.

While I was at it I also gathered data from StatCounter about the browsing shares of these device classes.

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The Java ME nonsense story

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Earlier this week Net Market Share released numbers that allegedly show the Java ME operating system is gaining ground at the expense of iOS and especially Android.

Unfortunately the story isn’t true, and I suspect it’s a good example of headline grabbing aimed at those who don’t have deep knowledge of mobile browser statistics; a group that seems to include the entire tech blogging caste.

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Browser stats for December, Q4, and 2011

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It’s time for the browser stats for December; as always according to StatCounter. Since it’s the last month of the year, I can also give the aggregate stats for Q4 and for 2011 as a whole.

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IE market share

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Microsoft announced it is going to automatically upgrade IE starting in January. In order to track their progress (or lack of it) we have to establish a baseline.

So here are the market shares of the various IE versions according to StatCounter in nine countries, as well as the global score. These numbers are from November, so well before the automatic upgrade.

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Browser stats for November

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It’s time for the browser stats for November; as always according to StatCounter. They’re not very exciting this month, although several long-term trends are confirmed.

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Browser stats for October

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It’s time for the browser stats for October; as always according to StatCounter. I’m going to follow the desktop market too, for a while, since big changes are brewing.

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Q3 2011 mobile browser stats for 12 countries 2/2

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Today we’ll finish the report on the Q2 2011 mobile browser stats according to StatCounter by treating the six countries with the least mobile browsing market share.

Part 1 appeared last week. Your donation for keeping this series up and running would be much appreciated.

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Q3 2011 mobile browser stats for 12 countries 1/2

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It’s time for the quarterly mobile browser statistics from 12 selected countries according to StatCounter.

This post treats the first six countries; the second six will appear next week. Your donation for keeping this series up and running would be much appreciated.

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Mobile browser stats for September

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It’s time for the mobile browser stats for September; as always according to StatCounter. Like last month, only two points changed hands but they’re important ones: Safari jumps back to second position, stealing one point each from Nokia and BlackBerry.

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Mobile browser stats for August

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It’s time for the mobile browser stats for August, as always from StatCounter. Although only two points have changed hands since July, they are important ones: Android jumps to second position after Opera, but before Safari.

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Smartphone sales Q1 and Q2 2011

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It’s time for the Q1 and Q2 overview of smartphone sales. Headlines: Nokia falls apart; Android vendors pick up the pieces. Most of this entry was written two weeks ago, before the MotoGoogle and webOS bombshells.

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Mobile browser stats for July

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Here are the July mobile browser stats. The StatCounter change has been fully integrated, which means we’re back to normal but with a few extra browsers in the long tail.

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Platform smartness in the US

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The release of US mobile usage statistics allows me to calculate the “smartness” of several platforms in the US market according to the method I proposed earlier. Better still, I can include non-smartphones in the calculation, which gives a more honest picture of the overall phone market.

iOS users turn out to surf about 4 times as much as the average phone owner, while BlackBerry and Android users surf about 2.5 times as much. The real surprises, however, come from Windows and Symbian.

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Q2 2011 mobile browser stats for 12 countries 2/2

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Today we’ll finish the report on the Q2 2011 mobile browser stats according to StatCounter by treating the six countries with the least mobile browsing market share. Remember that the methodology of the detection changed in late April.

Part 1 appeared last week. Your donation for keeping this series up and running would be much appreciated.

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Measuring a platform’s smartness

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John Gruber points to and agrees with this article that says that many activated Android phones are not used as smartphones, proving that iOS is more important in the smartphone market than the sales market shares show.

They could be right, they could be wrong. The question is: How do you measure a platform’s “smartness?” Unfortunately the article does not offer any answers to this crucial question.

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Q2 2011 mobile browser stats for 12 countries 1/2

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It’s time for the quarterly mobile browser statistics from 12 selected countries according to StatCounter. Remember that the methodology of the detection changed in late April. This is noticeable in most countries, and especially in India and Brazil.

This post treats the first six countries; the second six will appear next week. Your donation for keeping this series up and running would be much appreciated.

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Mobile browser stats for June and Q2

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And here are the mobile browser stats for June and for all of Q2 according to StatCounter. Remember that the methodology of the detection changed in late April.

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Mobile browser stats for May; methodology change

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Here are the global mobile browser stats for May. Three new browsers entered the stats because both StatCounter and I changed our methodologies. These changes are detailed at the end of this entry.

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Mobile browser shares Q1 2011, part 2/2

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Last week we treated the mobile browser stats of six countries; this week we take a look at the other six countries; the ones where the mobile web is not yet very big. There are few common denominators here; mobile browsing statistics remain highly localised.

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Mobile browser shares Q1 2011, part 1/2

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It’s past time we took a look at the Q1 mobile browser market shares in the twelve countries I selected back in January. Although there are no huge movements towards or away from certain browsers, a few trends we saw in the Q4 2010 figures continue, and a few new trends may be taking off.

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April and Q1 mobile browser stats

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Here are the mobile browser statistics according to StatCounter for April 2011 as well as Q1 2011. Little change; boring entry.

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Mobile browser stats for March

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Below you find the mobile browser stats for March 2011. The market is still quiescent; very little change from February. Safari lost two points; the Other category gained two.

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Mobile browser stats for February

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Here are the global mobile browser stats for February 2011, taken from StatCounter. Little is happening; it seems the browser market is taking a few months off after the huge changes of the second half of 2010.

Nokia and Android are one point up; Safari and BlackBerry one point down. Android and BlackBerry continue their trends, Nokia and Safari don’t. That’s it.

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Smartphone sales 2010 — OSs

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After discussing vendor sales market shares last week we’ll turn to operating systems today. They are more important to developers than device vendors, since the OS dictates which browsers can run on the device.

Nobody will be particularly surprised to hear that Android is 2010’s big winner, with iOS and newcomers bada and Windows Phone 7 winning modest amounts of market share. The losers are Symbian, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and the other OSs.

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Smartphone sales 2010 — vendors

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After having discussed mobile browser traffic share statistics for weeks, it’s time to look at the other side of the medal: smartphone sales market shares. This entry gives the device vendor stats for 2010, the next one will discuss OS stats.

In 2010 298 million smartphones were sold worldwide, up from 175 million in 2009, for a growth rate of 70%. Biggest growers were the Android suppliers (Samsung and HTC especially), as well as Apple. Nokia and RIM lost heavily: they grew only a sluggish 47 and 30%, respectively.

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Mobile browser stats for January 2011

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Here are the global mobile browser market share stats for January 2011; as usual provided by StatCounter. I publish these stats every month, but the local stats from twelve selected countries only every quarter.

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Mobile browser shares 4/4

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We close off our survey of the mobile browser market shares of twelve countries: Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, South Korea, the UK, and the US. In all countries I studied the Q4 2010 aggregate stats and compared them to the Q3 ones.

In part 1 we studied three developing nations that each had Opera as their leading browser; in part 2 we discussed the US, the UK, and South Korea. Part 3 took a look at South America and China.

In this final entry we’ll study the Netherlands, the only market where Safari has an absolute majority, and two more Opera/Nokia markets: Egypt and Poland. We close off with an overview table.

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Mobile browser shares 3/4

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We continue our survey of the mobile browser market shares of twelve countries: Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, South Korea, the UK, and the US. In all countries I studied the Q4 2010 aggregate stats and compared them to the Q3 ones.

In part 1 we studied three developing nations that each had Opera as their leading browser; in part 2 we discussed the US and the UK, which feature a three-way race between Safari, BlackBerry, and Android, and South Korea, where Android (more specifically, homegrown Samsung Galaxy) is dominant.

This entry treats Brazil, Mexico, and China. Figures, as usual, come from StatCounter.

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Mobile browser shares 2/4

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We continue our survey of the mobile browser market shares of twelve countries: Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, South Korea, the UK, and the US. In all countries I studied the Q4 2010 aggregate stats and compared them to the Q3 ones. At the end of this article are some methodological notes.

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Mobile browser shares 1/4

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When I had studied the global browser stats I decided to delve a bit deeper into individual countries, because their stats differ a lot, and looking only at the global picture can distort your viewpoint.

I picked twelve countries around the world that can be (more-or-less) seen as kind-of a representative(ish) stand-in for a certain type of countries. Be warned, however, that every country is unique and that you should study yours straight away.

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2010 mobile browser stats

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Here are the mobile browser traffic market share figures from StatCounter. This entry gives the stats for December 2010, Q4 2010, and all of 2010, and compares them to November, Q3, and 2009. I plan to repeat this feature each month, and to report quarterly and yearly figures when appropriate. (Not that you need me; you can easily crunch the data for yourself.)

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A further note on mobile browser stats

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Last Thursday I blogged about my site’s statistics, and concluded that mentioning a site on Twitter (and possibly other social media) results in a huge upsurge of mobile traffic as a whole, and Safari and Android traffic specifically.

Since StatCounter logs only the last 20,000 page loads on my blog, last week’s hits are being slowly overwritten by new hits. Thus the hits generated by Smashing Magazine’s tweet are disappearing, and a normal usage pattern is re-emerging.

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Lies, damned lies, and further analysis

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A week ago I signed up to StatCounter in order to get some statistics about my site’s visitors. The results are interesting, especially the mobile browsers count.

I signed up for a free account in order to test their mobile browser detect, but quickly extended that to a paid subscription for my entire site.

Believe it or not, but I’ve mostly done without statistics in the past ten years, except for a short period in 2008 or so when I used a bad tool that even managed to mess up its own table-based layout. Until last week I had no clue how many people visited my site and with which browsers, but now I’ve rediscovered it’s fun to know.

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Why AdMob’s reported iPhone and Android market shares are inflated

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AdMob, the mobile advertiser that was bought by Google some months ago, has released its latest market share figures for the mobile browsers.

Their main findings have already been discussed extensively:

  1. Smartphones are on the rise; 48% versus 35% last month.
  2. Feature phones are falling quickly; 58% to 35%.
  3. Still, the absolute number of feature phones rose by 31%, which means that the market as a whole is growing rapidly.

The AdMob report, however, is not about browser market share but about ad impressions. And that may matter a lot. Unfortunately we don’t know how much it matters.

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