By Harry McCracken | Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 10:40 am
Yesterday, TechCrunch’s MG Siegler reported on the operating systems used by visitors to that site. It currently breaks down like this:
MG also included historical data, and his main point is that if the trend continues, the majority of TechCrunch visitors will visit the site using an Apple device–Mac, iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad–within a couple of years.
As usual when I read numbers of these sorts, I rushed off and looked at equivalent stats for Technologizer. Here’s February 2011…
(Hey, let’s keep on going!)
PlayStation 3: .03%
Google TV: .01%
OS/2: Seven unique visits–and I think I’ll end this here, fun though it’s been.
No single month tells the whole story–especially at Technologizer, where are traffic is healthy but small enough that it can fluctuate from month to month. When we review OS X Lion, we’ll probably have more Mac visitors than usual; when we review Windows 8, the Windows crowd will show up in higher-than-average numbers. And I’m not sure how precise the numbers are–or how to account for BlackBerries and other devices not represented here. (These are Google Analytics numbers, incidentally.)
For February, though, Technologizer visitors are more likely to use Windows and less likely to use Macs than TechCrunch readers. (Then again, they’re also less likely to use Windows and more likely to use Macs than the Web population at large.) But the numbers for iPhones, Android handsets, iPads, and iPods are very, very close between the two sites–and in both cases, they add up to just under 14 percent of visitors using these popular mobile devices.
I wonder where that’ll be in a year? Or two? When will the majority of Web use–or at least the majority of reading of tech blogs–be done on new-wave portable gizmos rather than desktops and laptops?