Apple Takes Biggest Bite of U.S. Wi-Fi Usage
Apple's devices accounted for 29.1 percent of U.S. Wi-Fi Internet access requests in the U.S. for January, with the iPhone claiming 16.8 percent share and the iPod taking 12.3 percent, according to AdMob's January Mobile Metrics Report.
That's a three-fold spike since November 2008, when iPhone users representedjust eight percent of total U.S. requests on Wi-Fi networks and up from three percent in August, according to AdMob reports.
Growing user demand isn't going unnoticed by handset makers. It prompted Research in Motion to launch its second Wi-Fi device, the Curve 8320, last December.
Other new handset developments, such as Google's G1 Android phone, are also playing a part in pushing Wi-Fi forward. The G1, made by HTC, broke into AdMob's top 20 in U.S. Wi-Fi access with the January report.
The G1 is 18th on the list with 0.9 percent share in December. The open source Android platform also now has three percent of Wi-Fi access share in the U.S.
In response, such Wi-Fi growth is driving chipset sales. Recent statistics by the industry group Wi-Fi Alliance reported sales grew 26 percent in 2008. While that's only half of sales tallied in 2007, before the slowdown in the economy, it shows that Wi-Fi networking remains robust.
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