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Apparently the iPhone is so much easier than other mobile web devices it is the number one mobile browser querying Google, yet only has 2% share of the smartphone market.
When you go to Google.com on the Ipod, it immediately forwards you to Google.com/m, so that everything fits nicely on the screen.
This "Ipod" is more useful than any PDA I've ever owned. I love it. It will be even better when the development kit comes out next month.
The cross-over only lasted a few days or so, but it shows the impact the iPhone is having on the telecommunications industry and provides a glimpse into its future market potential for the Web.
Hardly a surge, and certainly not sustained.
>>shows the impact the iPhone is having
Impact for a few days?
>>The iPhone revolutionized the industry
Revolutionized the industry? That article reads like a press release for Goople.
In the UK, O2 (the iPhone's locked network) and Orange are vague, but 3 and T-mobile have Yahoo's Y!search as default and Vodafone has Microsoft's Live IIRC. On 3, you have to make an extra click past the Y!search box (and wait for an extra download) to use Google and I'd expect it to be similar on other networks.
Regarding the iPhone Safari browser... hands down the best phone/PDA web browser out there. I use it at home instead of my computer by preference... it is just more fun to browse on my iPhone... and the Google integration is awesome. I can access my Adwords, Adsense, Google Docs, Analytics... you name it... they all work.
1) The main reason more people use the iPhone's browser IS BECAUSE IT'S FREE TO USE. It's not necessarily anything at all to do with the phone itself.
The vast majority of web-capable phone contracts charge a lot of money to use the web, sometimes costing hundreds a month. The compulsory iPhone contract gives all its users unlimited web use included in the monthly fee.
If you give people all-they-can-eat instead of the expensive small portions that most other contract holders have to suffer, of course iPhone owners are going to use the web more.
2) The iPhone's browser isn't new to phones, the same browser (under a different name) has been used in Nokia's S60 smartphones since 2006, which have something like a 50% share of the smartphone market. The reason Nokia can use the same browser as an Apple device is because neither company invented Safari/S60, it's actually a piece of open source software with some proprietary Apple or Nokia stuff stuck on top of it.