AdMob Study Shows QWERTY As Android's Future

Posted: Apr 27 2010, 11:38am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 8:49pm CDT, in News | Technology News


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AdMob's latest numbers are out. Among other things, they showed that 11 of the 34 Android devices available accounted for 96% of the traffic on all Android devices. Motorola and HTC are the leading Android manufacturers, with 44% and 43% of the total Android traffic, respectively.

It shouldn't be surprising that the Droid was the most successful handset in terms of browsing. It generated 32% of Android traffic over this period. What IS surprising, is that a whopping 54% of Android traffic came from QWERTY keyboard packing devices. A substantial majority of Android handsets lack keyboards, yet they are responsible for a disproportionate amount of the browsing done over Android OS.

This seems to say one of two things. Either heavy-browsers are drawn to phones with a sliding QWERTY keyboard, or that sort of form-factor simply drives users to use their phones more often. Either way, the implications of this news to manufacturers is huge.

I started my Android experience with a T-Mobile G1. Now I use a Nexus One. Despite the latter's greatly improved speed and gorgeous screen, I did a lot more free-range browsing (and chatting) on my G1. Apparently this trend goes beyond just me.

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