According to data just released by analytics firm Quantcast, Android and BlackBerry mobile web consumption in the month of February was up while that of the iPhone was down slightly.
Android’s share of North American mobile web consumption was up 8.3% from January 2010, to 15.2% of total mobile web consumption for the month of February. Apple’s iPhone OS share, which so far has seemed untouchable, dropped 3.2% from January to February 2010, while the share for RIM OS (Blackberry) grew 13.2% in that period, to 9.2%.
I wouldn’t start dropping stock in Apple (because of this news alone) as the results are pretty much expected and make sense. The iPhone owns such a large part of the total market that any company which does something positive makes gains on Apple.
What will be really interesting to see is this chart the month after the new BlackBerry Browser is released.
[Via Venture Beat]
When it comes to the mobile app downloads Android users are catching up to iPhone users. In recent report from AdMob, downloads from over 900 smartphone users were tracked and it turns out that Android users download 8.7 applications per month trailing iPhone users by just 0.1 downloads per month.
The iPod Touch has the most monthly downloads coming in at 12.1. downloads per month. It is followed by the iPhone and Android with 8.8 and 8.7 respectively. WebOS brings up the rear with 5.7 mobile application downloads per month.
It’s kind of telling that the BlackBerry doesn’t even make the list, but, I’ll leave that for another post.
[Via Mobile Magazine]
What Apple has been able to do with the App Store, even if you believe the numbers are fudged, is truly astonishing. Apple claims that they recently eclipsed the 3 billion download mark and it only took them roughly 18 months to do so. Market research firm, Gartner, says that 2.5 billion apps were downloaded from the App Store in 2009 alone. Gartner accounts for another 16 million apps being downloaded from other platforms, so, when you do the math, well over 99% of all mobile downloads were from Apple’s App Store.
These kinds of numbers are awesomely impressive for Apple, however, I see a huge opportunity for everyone else.
I was just having a very interesting conversation with a couple of co-workers… One is a long-time BlackBerry user. The other just got a brand new iPhone 3G S for Christmas. As iPhone 3G S user showed off their new gadget, long time BlackBerry user said, “That iPhone is pretty cool, but, I would never get one because it has no keyboard.” iPhone user replied, “I really miss they keyboard on my Curve, but, the OS on here allows me to do so much more than I used to be able to do.”
This got me to thinking… RIM has no choice but to overhaul the BlackBerry OS and some point. Apple could sell keyboardless iPhones forever, but, they undoubtedly would exclude millions of potential customers that will never buy a phone without buttons, so, I think that we eventually will see an iPhone model with a keyboard.
The big question for me… Which one will happen first?
Believe it or not, AT&T has stopped selling the iPhone online in the greater NYC Metropolitan are. Fletcher Cook, an AT&T representative said that the the change is a routine one. “We periodically modify our promotions and distribution channels.”
I believe that about as much as I believe that the next version of the iPhone will come equipped with a site to site transporter. The general consensus, one shared by at least a few AT&T sales representatives, is that AT&T’s network is just no longer capable of supporting additional iPhones. Many would argue, myself included, that AT&Ts network has not been capable of supporting devices in general for quite some time.
I am sure that AT&T is doing everything they can to keep the iPhone exclusive on their network, however, I would think that no longer selling them in one of your largest markets is not helping much.
I know that a lot of iPhone users read RIMarkable, so, I will toss this question out there? How many of you would switch to Verizon or Sprint if the iPhone were offered in a CDMA variant?
You wouldn’t know it based on all the buzz directed towards and hype coming out of that Cupertino, CA based company that used to be known for selling computers, however, the BlackBerry, not the iPhone, dominates the smartphone industry in the United States and it really isn’t even all that close.
According to ComScore who does monthly surveys of U.S. wireless subscribers over the age of thirteen, 36 million of them own smartphones. Roughly 15 million of these smart phones just happen to be BlackBerry devices. That is over 41% marketshare.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Vonage Holdings Corp plans to offer discounted international phone calls to iPhone and BlackBerry users, as the Internet telephony company aims to expand beyond the residential market.
Consumers could save more than 50 percent for calls to dozens of countries if they download a free Vonage application to Apple Inc iPhone and Research In Motion BlackBerry devices starting on Monday afternoon, Vonage Chief Executive Marc Lefar said.
“It’s an important first step for us. It moves us from the home platform,” Lefar told Reuters. “Over the long term mobile is absolutely a critical place for Vonage to be competing.”
I am just glad to know that I am not the only one that feels this way…
I knew that this wouldn’t be the last that we heard of the Apple ban against Google Voice apps on the iPhone. The Federal Communications Commission has launched an official inquiry as to not only why Apple rejected the official Google Voice app for the iPhone, but why they kicked off every other third party GV app for the iPhone as well.
The FCC sent out letters to Apple, AT&T, and Google, and, to make a long story short, they asked Apple why they did what hey did and if AT&T had anything to do with it. They asked AT&T pretty much the same thing as they asked Apple and they also wanted to know if AT&T get to dictate what applications Apple can put on the iPhone. They asked Google if they knew why Apple rejected Google Voice.
AT&T has already responded publicly and they are pretty much allowing Apple to fall on their own sword.
AT&T does not manage or approve applications for the App Store. We have received the letter and will, of course, respond to it.
Customers can use any compatible GSM phone on our network, not just the ones we’ve approved and sell. And they also can use apps we don’t approve. We don’t approve iPhone applications.
I am sure that there will be much more to come.