Originally Posted by EricTheHalfBee
Oh for crying out loud. People still bringing up that user agent crap? What is this, 2010?
As I've said before, changing your user agent DOES NOT
fool modern analytics software, which looks at device makes & models, not what the browser reports. This is more garbage spewed by Android users who refuse to accept facts or evidence that show most Android users don't actually use their phones.
Well said... I guess to a point.
You forgot to add that a large majority of Android users are on prepaid plans, at least in Europe they are, this US-centric article not withstanding. Most of said POG plans are 1gb/month or less, the majority actually around 500 mb. This leaves just enough room for some app usage (Facebook, Twitter.... most of all WhatsApp) and email. Navigation and web-surfing: not so much.
The people that I talk to here in Germany don't even want to use the browser, and think that anyone that views anything with for example mobile Safari... is a complete fool. Really. The most used comment is it's too small. They are in many cases correct, since have you tried on the €150-300,- Android devices to zoom anything? Just forget it. Also, many sites haven't gotten around to optimizing for mobile at all... tons of ads, Flash(icons), nonsense links, etc... making surfing quite painful if your not connected with anything less than HDSPA or LTE. Also chews that 500mb up fast for absolutely nada.
Also, as pointed out by someone above, the metric/sites visited is just plain worthless, even in the US.
NOTE: just got back over the weekend from a week-long trip to northern Italy: Verona, Bergamo, Como and Milan. iPhones and iPads (lots of iPads!) all over the place. Not even 1 Android tablet spotted on public transport and/or places of interest. Incredible number of Samsung and Nokia phones... although none in the "Super Smart Phone" category.... those were all iPhones.
Quite a few Samsung Galaxy Aces (€129,-) and assorted inexpensive variants from the Samsung phone lineup, which seems to be 100 or more.
It should be noted though, that most of the hotels and restaurants we were at were of a higher business class cliental. Although the last night we were at a Novotel in Milan, where I was surprised to see 2 - 21" iMacs in the reception area that I couldn't resist seeing what was up with them in this admittedly budget hotel.
Horror of all Horrors: they had a Windows-based internet kiosk installed! DAWG! Was that ever painful to experience !!!!!!!!
I preceded to steal myself to the bar, order a number of short ones and talk footie with a Dutch Dude (iPhone)
Far better memory (or lack thereof) to go home with! Edited by ThePixelDoc - 5/7/13 at 10:04am