As if there was really ever any doubt, new research from Google proves that Canadians really love their smartphones. Plus, Facebook continues to dominate as the world’s most popular social network, Android comes out on top for tablet operating systems and we chat with Canadian tennis superstar Milos Raonic. Get all the details in this week’s edition of the weekend reading!
Smartphones to go
The old “Keys, wallet, watch” check on the way out the door is most definitely in need of an update to include the smartphone, according to a new report from Google. The online survey found that not only are 56 per cent of Canadians using a smartphone, up from 33 per cent in 2012, but eight in 10 of those smartphone owners say they won’t leave home without their devices.
The second screen trend also keeps on trucking, as reported by iPhone in Canada and the Globe and Mail. About 75 per cent of smartphone users streamed video, with one in five doing so daily. And about 35 per cent said they’d get rid of their television before parting with their smartphones.
Another interesting fact: most people have 30 apps installed on their device, and, on average, used 12 of them in the past month.
I certainly would never leave home without my smartphone – and would definitely keep it over any of the other electronics in my condo, including my TV, desktop and microwave! What devices would you give up in favour of your smartphone? How many apps are installed on your device?
Facebook stays on top
Facebook continues its reign as a social networking behemoth, claiming the top spot for most dominant social network in 127 countries, out of 137 analyzed for the Vincos Blog’s June 2013 edition of the World Map of Social Networks (See the full graphic here). The ranking is based on Alexa traffic data, with the U.S. and Canada accounting for 198 million of Facebook’s 1.115 billion monthly active users. Some of the competing networks may not feel familiar – Draguiem is number one in Latvia, while the runner up in South Korea is QZone, which still dominates in China and has 611 million users in Asia. To compare the latest results to June 2009, the map from four years ago shows that there were a lot more players in the social network space, and Facebook had not yet taken hold in Central and South America.
I’ve certainly logged on to new social networks since 2009 – but still visit Facebook every single day. What social networks do you use?
Tweeting tennis star
The Rogers Cup kicks off this weekend in Toronto and Montreal, and Milos Raonic will be among the tennis superstars hitting the courts. Before the action started, Milos stopped by Rogers in Toronto to answer a few questions about the tournament, his favourite gadgets and why he loves Twitter. Check out the video on RedBoard. Can’t make it courtside? You can catch the action live on your smartphone, computer or tablet with Rogers Anyplace TV. For more details, visit rogersanyplacetv.com/sports.
All about Android
Tablets are great on-the-go technology, and we’ve been celebrating their perks with our Talking Tablet series on RedBoard and RedBoard Biz. The market is becoming increasingly competitive, too, and this week we learned from Talk Android that the Google-backed operating system came out on top in tablet shipments and marketshare in the second quarter. According to data from Strategy Analytics, Android tablets grew to 67 per cent of the global market, shipping 51.7 million units. Tablets as a whole also saw a boost, with shipments up 47 per cent over the second quarter last year. Rogers retail locations recently started carrying two new Android tablets: the ZTE Lite tablet (starting at $199.99 with no term) and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (starting at $499.99 no term). For more, visit www.rogers.com.
Do you use a tablet? If so, what operating system do you prefer and why?
Jennifer is a regular contributor to RedBoard