All Your Mobile Web Now Belong To iPad (Well, 98.1%, That Is)
It’s a wonder how successful the iPad has been at capturing and owning the mobile web. In today’s tech news: A new study by Onswipe shows just how complete that hold is, Digitimes has another tasty rumor, and IDC gives good news and bad news for the “smart device” industry. Enjoy!
Onswipe Study Shows iPad Dominates Other Tablets With 98% Of All Web Traffic
Onswipe dug into some of its web data, with ‘some’ meaning 29.5 million unique impressions from over 1200 sites over a 7-day period, Sept. 13 to Sept. 20. They discovered something astonishing: Apple’s iPad accounted for 98.1 percent of those millions of impressions. The numbers suggest, according to Onswipe CEP Jason L. Baptiste, that “The iPad is clearly a browsing device.” (Apple Insider, Onswipe)
Digitimes Rumor Roulette Serves Up $99 Nexus, And Just In Time For Christmas!
Although it has a somewhat spotty record, Digitimes has served up another so-crazy-it-might-be-true tech rumor: According to an “industry source,” Google and ASUS are preparing two new Nexus models for release by the end of the year, priced at $99 and $199, in an apparent attempt to compete with the iPad mini. CNET’s Eric Mack is pretty skeptical, but if it’s true he wrote that “it would break the tablet market wide open.” (Digitimes, CNET)
In The Future, Your iPad Display Will Be A Speaker — And Bendable
A recent patent filing by Apple provided a glimpse into what may eventually appear in futures iPads and iPhones. Much of what is described in the patent — built in features like a tactile keyboard or laser mics — is predicated on the idea of a flexible touch screen. It’s no jetpack, but an bendable iPad that also functions as a surround sound system sounds pretty future-tastic. (Gizmodo)
IDC: US Smartphone, Tablet Market Reaching Saturation Point.
Market research firm IDC released new research this week, painting a rosy picture for the worldwide market share of smart devices (tablets, smartphones, PCs) while revealing the U.S.’s market is slowing down. According the ICC’s release: “The incredibly fast ramp for tablets and smartphones in the U.S. has clearly started to slow as overall macroeconomic conditions and a degree of saturation have begun to impact the market.” (IDC, TechCrunch)