Google's AdMob Reflects on 2 Years of Mobile Evolution

Chris CrumIT Management

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AdMob released its Mobile Metrics report for May, which focuses on changes in the mobile market over the course of two years. Unsurprisingly, a lot has changed. While AdMob's network traffic itself has grown a lot in that time, the company says there continues to be strong regional differences with devices used to access the mobile web.

"Smartphones have also grown rapidly, in May 2008 they generated 22 percent of ad requests and in May 2010 smartphones accounted for 46 percent of ad requests," the company reports. "In May 2008, the iPhone and iPod touch generated 1.3 percent of worldwide requests and the first Android handset was still six months from launching.  Two years later, the two platforms accounted for 42 percent of all ad requests worldwide, driven by strong application usage." 

Monthly Growth since May 2008 - AdMob

Other highlights picked out by the company include:

- 92 countries generated more than 10 million monthly requests, up from 27 in May 2008.

- Traffic from North America, Asia, Western Europe, Latin America and Oceania all increased by a factor of at least 6x from May 2008 to May 2010.

- Smartphones accounted for 46 percent of traffic, feature phones for 42 percent of traffic and Mobile Internet Devices for 12 percent of traffic in May 2010.

- Motorola feature phones were the top three devices in AdMob’s network in May 2008, but in May 2010 the only Motorola device in the top ten was the Droid. 
- The Nokia N70 was the number one smartphone in AdMob’s network in May 2008. It dropped to number two in May 2009 and down to number four in May 2010, but continues to be the top smartphone from Nokia in AdMob’s network.

- The Top 5 iPad countries in AdMob’s network, based on the number of unique devices, were the United States (58 percent), Japan (5 percent), United Kingdom (4 percent), China (4 percent), and Canada (3 percent).

- A year ago, the HTC Dream (G1) was the only Android device broadly available.  In May 2010, the leading handset, the Motorola Droid, had only 21 percent of the Android users in the AdMob network demonstrating the broad range of Android devices available. 

Remember that all of the findings mentioned are based solely on data from AdMob's own network, which is quite large, but not all encompassing. Much of the data, however, pre-dates AdMob's acquisition by Google.

The entire report can be found here.

Chris Crum
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