Monday, December 3, 2007

iPhone on fast track to web.

Just got home from a meeting and caught up with this stat. More good evidence of rapid adoption. Ironically, this afternoon, I found myself having to revert to the laptop to dash off a note to IT support at Caribou in MN. I was at one of the two shops near my house and couldn't execute login on the Touch. Haven't had that problem anywhere else, only at the two Caribou locations I usually hit. Bummer. I've so quickly gotten used to having that flexibility of hopping on the web without having schlep my laptop. Totally spoiled. Hopefully, they'll see this report and realize the need for a work-around. That it isn't just to placate one whiny jerk in the Land of Cleves.

From Valleywag:

The browser wars continue -- but no one cares. Unless, that is, you're in the wireless world, where industry observers avidly watch tiny scraps of Web activity, as if they're divining prophecies from the clouds. Computerworld notes an interesting trend. Apple's iPhone browser has grabbed a 0.09 percent share, which might not seem like much until you compare it to the competition. Windows CE, which encompasses every Windows Mobile device shipped, holds a 0.06 percent share; Danger Research's Sidekick product family holds a tiny 0.02 percent share; and the Symbian S60 smartphone platform, favored by Nokia, has 0.01 percent.

Though this could be attributed to the ease of use of the iPhone's browser, it is still significant. A product on the market less than 6 months is used to browse the Web 50 percent more than Windows Mobile which has been around for years. Look for holiday iPhone sales numbers to be announced at Macworld San Francisco in January -- and then we'll find out just how well the iPhone really sold. Until then, browser numbers serve as a good proxy for telling us how much it's used.

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