We’ve taken a step back on our usual info graphics and this month combined stats from Statista with our own usage insights. So, without further ado here are the latest mobile and tablet growth statistics for 2014. One important note with how we’ve charted the breakdown : Both segments, tablet and handset, are increasing however what we’re examining is the relative difference between the segments. Fluctuations may be due to phones being on contract cycles with carriers, consumer reluctance to upgrade tablets as aggressively as phones or other local economic factors.
This week researchers discovered a problem in OpenSSL, a technology that powers encryption in 66% of web sites. Its known as Heartbleed. At Handset Detection we make use of OpenSSL to secure our website. We have no reason to believe that we’ve been improperly accessed due to this vulnerability, however as a matter of best practice, we recommend that all customers reset their passwords. To reset your password, here’s what to do:
Google recently unveiled their new search algorithm, Hummingbird, much to the chagrin of SEO experts everywhere. Every time there’s an update people who work in the social media/PR/marketing industries and everyone who has a website they’d like to promote are forced to go back to the drawing board as things drastically change. Well, except for this time, apparently. While Hummingbird is a big update, it’s not as big of a hit against SEO as there was back in 2011 when millions of “keyword riddled” websites suddenly found out they were going to be ignored.
There’s always so much discussion who’s using what device in the US or Japan or which smartphone is winning the war. But what about the developing world - what does mobile usage look like in these up-and-coming nations? What devices are they using to meet their unique needs and challenges? Check out the following infographic to see what we discovered. Some of it was pretty surprising. Also, while we focused on Android this time, let us know if you want to see other companies and devices covered!
Heads up, mobile developers! In a recent blog post, Google announced that they were going to start penalizing sites that are misconfigured for smartphone users, in mobile search. Problems, Problems Fortunately, they didn’t leave us hanging, and detailed the two most common smartphone configuration errors, the first of which was the always-frustrating faulty redirect. This happens when someone clicks a link to your site from search but doesn’t end up on the equivalent page on your site.
Yesterday at Handset Detection a historic event occurred we detected our first Google Glass device. Google Glass was running Android 4.0.4. Or if you want to get to the really nitty gritty, the user-agent was: Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 4.0.4; en-us; Glass 1 Build/IMM76L; XE7) AppleWebKit/534.30 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/534.30< /pre> We like to think this was Sergey Brin himself, testing Google glass in iconic places like the NYC subway or out and about in a hot pink Tesla.
We were just as thrilled as anyone else to read about all the new features of iOS 7 yesterday. In a nutshell, it looks awesome and we can’t wait to try it out. The longer version of the story: iOS 7 first appeared on HandsetDetection’s radar on Dec 15, 2012. They’ve had 6 months to make it awesome, so we’re optimistic about the current beta test. We’ve tracked close to 40 iOS builds since December 15th.
Ok, wait a second. We’re just now reaching the end of the holiday season of 2012. Why are we talking about next year’s holiday season already? Can’t we have at least a few days of peace for crying out loud? Well, we’re not trying to make you start preparing a year in advance or anything. However, there’s one thing that’s guaranteed in 2013 that you can prepare for all throughout the year: an increase in mobile sales.
We saw quite a few things go down in the mobile world in 2012. There were many launches, like the iPhone 5 and the Windows Surface tablet, which experienced a wide variety of results (success and failure, respectively). Some stories, though, clearly stood out from the rest as the real water cooler moments of 2012. Here are some of the ones we think will make the most impact in the years to come.
Rumor in the mobile world has it that Android 4.2 is coming out, maybe even as soon as next week with Google’s Nexus announcement. Well, we have a strong indicator that the rumors are correct. Starting earlier this week, we suddenly began detecting a plethora of mobile devices running Android 4.2. Check out where we’ve found Android 4.2 running in the wild: List of Devices Running Pre-Release Versions of Android 4.