China talks big when it comes to the Internet. Not just big as in "Shutting down 1.3 million Chinese websites in 2010," but also big as in "Holy crap that's a lot of people on the Internet." A Chinese non-profit group with ties to the government says the country's population continues to jump on the Interwebs bandwagon in droves. Heck, they claim the number of Chinese people who use Internet-enabled cellphones now outnumber the entire US population. But some experts are little leery of the numbers being tossed around.
At this point, roughly 500 million people use Facebook. With that in mind, analytics firm Pingdom decided to see how those users were distributed throughout the world. No one was particularly surprised when the US came out on top in the numbers. In all, about 130 million of Facebook's users are from the US. The next closest is the UK with 28 million. Right along with the UK are Italy and Indonesia at 26 million users each.
When you look at the proportion of a country's population, the UK actually beats the US. 45.1% of UK residents are on Facebook, while only 41.9% of the US population is. Even though the US is almost a quarter of Facebook's user base, it's increased international appeal is impressive. More region specific social networks are slipping as Facebook continues to gain steam. These numbers just further illustrate the challenge Google will face when, and if, they launch a Facebook competitor.
The Android platform is growing in popularity now that a multitude of phones running Google’s open-source software are available. Recent comScore and Complete surveys aimed to determine how much Android users had in common with users of the massively successful iPhone. As it turns out, users of the two platforms behave in much the same way.
As far as mobile media use, the number of people that used the browser, apps, social networking, and IM were within a few percentage points of each other. Only in the area of email use did the iPhone come out ahead, 87% of users to only 63%. This is surprising considering Android’s tight integration with Gmail. Notably, this data was gathered before the release of the Motorola Droid.
Even in the area of app usage, where the iPhone can claim the award for most massive app catalog, the differences are minor. The slight majority of iPhone users and about 44% of Android users spend at least half their time using applications other than the browser. On other smartphone platforms, that number of more like 20%. Applications have been key to the iPhone’s success. Even with the smaller user base and application market, usage patterns are similar on Android.
One final similarity that illustrates the public awareness of Android is that of people in the market for a smartphone, 17% planned to get an Android handset, while 20% planned to get an iPhone. This is certainly much closer than a few months ago.
Just nearly a week and a half after the official consumer launch of Windows 7 on October 22nd, research firm Net Applications has tracked the OS over 3.5 percent of the market as of November 1st. Net Applications collects data based on header information reported from web browsers.
Windows 7, having been soft launched to developers and parts of the IT community, had been tracked to 1.89 percent of usage the day before consumer launch (October 21). By the end of launch day, the number managed to climb to 1.99 percent, and finishing the month with 3.67 percent of total market usage.
In the month of October all versions of Windows made up 92.52 percent usage, Mac OS X had 5.27 percent and Linux at 0.96 percent.