Android overtakes iOS in U.S. smartphone subscribers, trails only RIM

By on January 6, 2011 at 1:21 PM.

Android overtakes iOS in U.S. smartphone subscribers, trails only RIM

Analytics company comScore has published its quarterly report on U.S. mobile subscribers for the three month period ending in November of 2010. What’s notable on the report? Google’s Android mobile operating system has surpassed Apple’s iOS in the number of U.S. based smartphone subscribers for the first time with 26% of the market — iOS has 25%. With iOS just in its rearview mirror, Android has only one adversary left: Research In Motion. RIM currently holds 33.5% of the pie, but has been hemorrhaging users and market share for several months here in the States. We’re a little scared of what the comments section is going to look like, so try and be civil, yes?

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comScore predicts 11% increase in holiday spending, highest on record

By on November 24, 2010 at 10:42 AM.

comScore predicts 11% increase in holiday spending, highest on record

Analytics company comScore is forecasting that consumer spending this holiday season will rise more than 11%, making this year’s figure the highest on record. The company has already published the purchasing figures for the first three weeks of November, which total $9.01 billion and are 13% higher than last year. “We are seeing online spending surpass the totals we saw in 2007 prior to the recession, and expect sales this holiday season to be the highest on record,” said comScore’s chairman, Gian Fulgoni. comScore anticipates that consumers will spend roughly $32.4 billion this holiday season. More →

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October search engine numbers: Google, Bing up; Yahoo, Ask, AOL down

By on November 17, 2010 at 10:01 PM.

October search engine numbers: Google, Bing up; Yahoo, Ask, AOL down

Analytics company ComScore has released its October search engine market share numbers and… instead of making you fire up your search-site of choice and finding the information yourself, we thought we would just put it right there for you. October’s search numbers are as follows: Google 66.3%, up from 66.1% in September; Bing 11.5%, up from 11.2% in September; Yahoo 16.5%, down from 16.7% the month prior; Ask.com 3.6% down 0.1% from the previous month; and AOL 2.1%, down from 2.3%. We are curious to see how/if the recent release of Windows Phone will help Bing’s search numbers. We’ll find out next month.

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July search engine numbers out, Google down, Yahoo! up, Bing more of the same

By on August 17, 2010 at 2:31 PM.

July search engine numbers out, Google down, Yahoo! up, Bing more of the same

comScore has released their search engine numbers for July of 2010. The search market share numbers were gathered using a new methodology which only accounted for explicit searches (typing a search query in a text box) as opposed to including automated searches in the results (via hovered text for example). Analysts had predicted that removing automated searches would put a serious dent in Google’s search engine market share, and although the company’s metics did fall, a precipitous decline was not present. Google ended July with a 65.8% piece of the search pie (down from 66.2% in June), Yahoo! increased from 16.7% in June to 17.1% in July, and Bing stayed constant month-over-month at 11.0%. AOL shed a tenth of a percentage point from June to end up with a 2.3% share. All this occurred with a 15% jump in the number of users running search queries from a year prior and an almost 11% increase from June. Anyone recently abandon Google for another search provider? Any pros and cons you’d like to share? More →

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Yahoo!: comScore shorted us 1 billion page views last month

By on July 27, 2010 at 11:11 AM.

Yahoo!: comScore shorted us 1 billion page views last month

Here’s an interesting one… Search company Yahoo! has published a press release stating that analytics company comScore misreported their page view numbers for June of 2010. How far off were they? Only about a billion page views. comScore had reported Yahoo!’s page views were down 7.4% in June and Yahoo! is refuting the claim — saying by their numbers views were only down 4.7% (that’s better right?). Yahoo!’s statement read:

Due to the size of the error, Yahoo! is making the announcement today as comScore does not generally issue restatements of its published reports. […] Yahoo! believes the factors that led to the error have been corrected and continues to have confidence in comScore data.

If you’re Yahoo! you want those one billion page views, and if you’re an analytics company you definitely don’t want to be off by a billion anythings. comScore has yet to release a statement. More →

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Netflix's traffic soars for the month of June

By on July 12, 2010 at 7:31 PM.

Netflix's traffic soars for the month of June

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comScore traffic data is out for the month of June, and according to Citi analyst Mark Mahaney, the most recent figures reveal that Netflix’s traffic is soaring. The number of visitors to Netflix’s website has jumped 46% year-over-year for the month of June and 34% year-over-year for the second quarter. This huge jump in traffic is presumably due to ballooning usage of Netflix’s popular online video streaming service which lets Netflix customers watch movies and television episodes on their PC, Mac, or the iPad via an Internet connection. With Blockbuster potentially headed to bankruptcy, VUDU and Boxee still trying to sign distribution deals and content partners, and other services like Hulu Plus and RoxioNow still in the early stages, Netflix will continue to post impressive statistics as it retains its position as the king of online video subscription services. More →

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comScore: Android gains 4 points in U.S. smartphone market share, Samsung top overall OEM

By on July 8, 2010 at 5:21 PM.

comScore: Android gains 4 points in U.S. smartphone market share, Samsung top overall OEM

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Today, analytics company comScore released their report on the “leading mobile original equipment manufacturers and smartphone operating system platforms in the U.S. according to their share of current mobile subscribers age 13 and older” for May of 2010. Let’s start with smartphone operating systems. comScore’s findings are as follows: RIM 41.7% (-0.4%), Apple 24.4% (-1.0%), Microsoft 13.2% (-1.9%), Google 13% (+4.0%), and Palm 4.8% (- 0.6%). You’ll note that all smartphone platforms listed lost ground…except for Android. As for U.S. mobile OEM manufacturer popularity (not smartphone exclusive): Samsung, LG, Motorola, RIM, and Nokia round out the top five. The study goes onto state that 49.1 million people in the United States now own smartphones; an 8.1% increase from February of this year. What do you think? Surprised by any of the findings? More →

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Facebook signs five year deal with Zynga, crosses 500 million visitor threshold

By on May 18, 2010 at 6:10 PM.

Facebook signs five year deal with Zynga, crosses 500 million visitor threshold

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Farmville fans rejoice as your painfully addicting fanciful Facebook game has gotten a new lease on life. The social networking giant anounced today that it has signed a five year deal with Zynga that will keep the gaming company firmly entrenched in Facebook. In a move that will help solidify Facebook’s form of currency, part of the deal requires Zynga to adopt Facebook’s proprietary credits system for its in-game cash transactions, starting first with a few select games and expanding to Zynga’s other games in the future. As for Facebook itself, not only is the site becoming more influential, but it’s also growing in size with the number of registered and non-registered visitors ballooning to an estimated 516 million in the month of April alone. According to Comscore, this figure places Facebook firmly in fourth place worldwide with only Yahoo, Microsoft, and Google ahead of the gargantuan social network. More →

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Samsung steals U.S. mobile marketshare crown from Motorola

By on May 7, 2010 at 11:06 AM.

Samsung steals U.S. mobile marketshare crown from Motorola

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According to comScore, Samsung is now the number one handset brand in the United States. Having managed to squeeze past Motorola by a fraction of a percent thanks to its 0.7% gain and Motorola’s 1.6% loss from January to February, the two manufacturers now stand a fraction of a percentage apart. Now in the number three spot, LG’s share of the market remained virtually unchanged dropping 0.1%. Of the top 5, RIM made the largest gains at 1.5% while Nokia’s decline accelerated having lost 0.9%. Apple was said to stand in 6th place which with an overall marketshare of 5%. More →

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Android on the rise as Windows Mobile falters

By on March 12, 2010 at 9:30 AM.

Android on the rise as Windows Mobile falters

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A lot happened in the US smartphone market from October 2009 to January 2010, but thankfully there are companies like comScore kicking about to help us make sense of just which platforms were the biggest winners and losers during this period. The biggest platform was not surprisingly Google’s Android which saw an uptick of 4.3% to a total of 7.1% thanks in part to the successful launches of handsets like the DROID, DROID ERIS and Hero. RIM’s BlackBerry OS, which faired second best with a gain of 1.7% continued to dominate the total smartphone market at 43%, but one has to wonder if RIM could have done just a little bit more. After all, it did launch the BlackBerry Bold 9700, Curve 8530 and Storm2 during these months. Apple’s iPhone didn’t do as well as many would have guessed, but its 0.3% increase makes quite a bit of sense when you consider the tradition of people holding out on iPhone purchases in the six months leading up the summer release of the devices later iteration. Nonetheless, it does hold a 25.1% stake in the US smartphone market. When it comes to market share, one’s success is another’s misfortune. Not exactly a stranger to losing ground, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile managed to shed 4.0% thanks in part to what can be politely summed up as a general indifference to its current platform (how things will change). After this, we saw Palm with a loss of 2.1%. In Palm’s defence a lot of this can be attributed to people finally getting around to ditching Palm OS, but the fact remains that thing’s aren’t going to well for a company that many felt was on the path to recovery just 15 months ago. More →

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Hi5 Goes Mobile and Takes on the World

By on August 27, 2008 at 10:43 AM.

Hi5 Goes Mobile and Takes on the World

The internationally popular social network Hi5 launched a mobile version (m.hi5.com) of its website this week. The mobile website will allow Hi5 users to send and receive messages, add / request new friends, view friend’s profiles and make comments and also view the real-time status of other members online. With support for 26 languages, Hi5’s mobile website targets the growing number of international users, who unlike their American counterparts, are more likely to use a mobile device to access the internet than a PC. Creating this “culturally relevant” social network and providing it to the world has been Hi5’s strategy and it has worked.  According to ComScore, hi5 grew 79% in the first half of 2008 with the number of unique visitors increasing from 31.4 million in December 2007 to 56.4 million in June 2008. That is more than twice the growth rate of any of the other top 10 social networks! Keep those rates up and they will be poised on the cusp of world domination.

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