We had a feeling this day would come. In fact, given previous reports from last month, we knew this would happen. Android has officially passed the iPhone up in the US when web traffic is concerned. AdMob has released the metrics for March, and it’s full of Android goodness.
Here are some highlights from the report:
- Two Android devices, the HTC Dream and HTC Magic, collectively represented 96% of Android traffic in September 2009. Seven months later, 11 devices represented 96% of Android traffic in the AdMob network.
- The Motorola Droid was the leading Android handset in March 2010 and generated 32% of worldwide Android traffic. The Google Nexus One only generated 2% of Android traffic in March 2010.
- The top Android devices vary by country. The top three devices in the US were the Motorola Droid, HTC Dream and Motorola CLIQ. In comparison, the top three Android devices in the UK were the HTC Hero, HTC Dream and HTC Magic.
- In March 2010, Android traffic share on the AdMob network was divided relatively evenly between the three primary versions of the OS: Android 1.5 (38%), Android 2.0 / 2.1 (35%) and Android 1.6 (26%).
- Six of the top eight Android handsets have a display resolution of 320 x 480. These devices generated 60% of traffic in March 2010. The Motorola Droid (854 x 480) and Google Nexus One (800 x 480) are the two devices with different resolutions.
- At least 54% of Android traffic came from devices with a QWERTY keyboard. These include three of the top five Android devices, the Motorola Droid, HTC Dream, and Motorola CLIQ.
- 92% of traffic came from Android devices with a CPU slower than 600 MHz in March 2010.
March has been a pretty good month for Android. It’s certainly gaining steam, but just because it’s passed the iPhone this month, doesn’t mean that Apple’s darling won’t come out swinging next month (although that’s not likely). We’ll see how long Android can hold on to this crown. June is coming, afterall, and that usually means new iPhone.
There’s no telling what will happen, but with the Evo 4G also launching in the Summer, there’s already some stiff competition. Hopefully Google is smart and has been working on their Nexus sequel– possibly aimed at business users. I have a feeling we’ll hear more about it as Android 2.2 comes out.
What would be truly nice is if Google released a ‘Superphone’ for every major Android software release.