swa66 - 11:37 am on Dec 11, 2012 (gmt 0)
Market share of sold copies/devices: it's good that MSFT is seeing some challenges of their monopoly there. Very good.
From the sound of it -even from the Windows fanboys-, 8 is continuing the tradition of Vista and ME, by getting a very low adoption rate from the users. I'm sure 9 will follow soon enough-reverting some of the unwelcome changes- if it continues this way.
Mobile devices being out there result in more mobile visits on -at least my- websites. In fact I've more users running iOS (hence iPod/Iphone/iPad) than users running the IE9 (by a serious margin). While the sites work on mobile devices, they are by far not aiming at mobile users.
What is interesting is that by market share (accumulated), iOS devices are relatively far more used by their users for some reason. There are less iOS devices than Android devices out there, but the visits of iOS devices outweigh the Android visits in the reverse (and by a lot on my sites).
Something must be causing this, my best guess is that the higher price of the Apple devices attracts (on average) more convinced users so that the devices end up in the hands of users who're using them more intensely. Alternatively it's about usability - but I guess that owning an Android device makes one familiar enough to get to learn to use it no matter what a first impression would do.
For the rest: take care with the globalizing local situations: e.g. getting "free" devices with contracts, subsidy of handheld devices etc. is not a global practice. Even the sales tactics in phone shops are quite different around the globe.
To give you an example out here: I buy my phone at an apple dealer -full price-, I call my carrier of choice to get a SIM (I might pick it up in one of their stores) and interact with them to get the contract on the account I like best. They don't touch my phone, do subsidize it and don't make me pay for years on end for a device. Even if I were to walk into a storefront of a carrier, where they do sell phones, they'll sell you a phone and/or contract (you get the SIM with the contract) but they'll not give you a phone for "free", nor can they (legally) get you into a contract you can't cancel. So, they'll not subsidize any expensive device.
End result: there are just about as many smartphones out here than elsewhere, and iPhone dominate the lanscape more than elsewhere as the subsidized units aren't "flooding" the market. Those that do not intend to use a smartphone simply do not have one.