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Google-owned ad firm AdMob claims that 4.3+ million Americans want an iPad.  (Source: PC World)
Study also say 4.3+ million Americans want an iPad

A new market research survey [PDF] reveals some growing trends, as well as some surprises.  Market research and advertising firm AdMob (which is owned by Google) has combed through millions of advertising requests from mobile devices and surveys and has drawn a wealth of conclusions.

The study takes a snapshot of smartphone users browsing the 15,000 sites in AdMob's network.  

It reveals some intriguing trends in terms of smartphone market leadership.  It reveals that the iPhone has a 50 percent share of the OS market for smartphone devices 
browsing the internet, while Android is a growing second with about 24 percent market share.  RIM, meanwhile trails with about 4 percent market share.  

Obviously RIM is currently the top smartphone maker when you look at its cross-product sales numbers.  However, iPhone users (and Android users) are using mobile internet much more.  This raises the likelihood both that online content and online advertisements will be aimed more heavily at them, while Blackberry users may see poor compatibility.

The survey also shows India, Indonesia, and the UK to be the closest competitors to the U.S. in terms of an internet-active smart phone user population.  China, curiously, does not make the list.

The study also shows that Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs), like Apple's new iPad, are growing fast in market share.  From February 2009 to February 2010 they grew from about 7 percent to about 17 percent of the total mobile traffic.

AdMob recently conducted a study that showed that 10 percent of smartphone users (approximately) want an iPad.  ComScore, a separate market research firm, recently pegged U.S. smartphone subscription rates at close to 43 million units.  If Apple could indeed sell 4.3+ million iPads, that would be a blow to the device's numerous critics, who include Microsoft co-founder and former CEO Bill Gates.

The iPad launches this Saturday in Wi-Fi form priced at $499, $599, and $699 respectively for 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models.

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Title very misleading
By Yawgm0th on 3/29/2010 4:28:29 PM , Rating: 2
"Biggest competitor" has nothing to do with what device browses the web most. That's a ridiculous implication. I know it's explained in the article, but I read the title in my RSS feed and immediately thought "lul wut", given that RIM has a much larger market share

RE: Title very misleading
By Ard on 3/29/2010 8:37:49 PM , Rating: 2
I do think the title is somewhat accurate, but not based on what's portrayed in the article. I don't think anyone can doubt that Android is taking the smartphone market by storm. True, RIM is still a big player but, you have to admit, they've become a bit stagnant and complacent as of late. If Google has their way, they'll relegate Apple to #2 and leave them to fight with RIM for the rest of the pie. That's certainly a long ways off, but they've made some serious inroads in a very short amount of time.

RE: Title very misleading
By mckinney on 3/30/2010 5:31:01 PM , Rating: 2
If Google has their way, they'll relegate Apple to #2 and leave them to fight with RIM for the rest of the pie.

I thought Apple was #2 and Rim was #1 in the mobile US platform market. Did you mean that they will relegate Apple and RIM to #2 to fight for the rest of the pie?

Am I the only one to find it funny that Mick writes a blog about a Google owned company that does a survey that shows that Googles OS is Apples biggest competitor?

So much for an independent survey.

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