Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Statistics comparison

Wow, good timing for my log-file parser, Google just released more detailed statistics on the android market. You can check the device distribution of your app based on installations, so I was curious to compare them with my useage stats.
Here are the results from Google for my app:
  1. Samsung Galaxy S 23.4% (128)
  2. HTC Desire 20.5% (112)
  3. HTC Desire HD 9.5% (52)
  4. Motorola Defy 7.0% (38)
  5. HTC Wildfire 6.4% (35)
  6. Samsung Galaxy Tab 4.8% (26)
  7. HTC myTouch 3G 3.5% (19)
  8. SEMC Xperia X10 3.1% (17)
  9. Motorola Droid 2.0% (11)
  10. Samsung Europa 1.5% (8)
That looks quite familiar, Samsung Galaxy S and HTC Desire the top 2 devices by far, Desire HD on 3rd, then it's getting a bit messy, but in general it meets my expectations.
Will analyze the results more deeply the next days, finally Google shares some of the information they own with us.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

The Android Zoo

I launched a small application on the android market some time ago and today I had the time to gather some stats from the server logs the app connects to.
I aggregated the user-agents to unique devices and to my suprise I found out that I could isolate 78 devices!
That basically means that nearly 100 different android devices have downloaded, installed & run my app. I should say that I have tested it on exactly one device before I published it ;)
I got little complaints so far therefore I expect that it works on nearly all of them. Amazing, isn't it? Compared with my J2ME experience this is just great.
I will share some rough stats with you now, but I hope to get some nice graphs in my next analytics-session.

Top 10 Device stats (request count) for the service lifetime (January 2011 until now):
  1. HTC Desire (28352)
  2. Samsung Galaxy S (24226)
  3. HTC Wildfire (8471)
  4. HTC Desire HD (8181)
  5. Motorola Milestone (3831)
  6. Motorola Defy (3395)
  7. HTC Magic (3393)
  8. HTC Legend (2730)
  9. LG-P500 (2541)
  10. Garmin-Asus A50 (2227)

I will share more details soon, like Android Version, requested data, User-Agent parsing details etc.
Stay tuned.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Google Instant

Google launched instant previews on mobiles and while trying it out I got curious how they build that. It doesn't feel that you leave the browser when you click on the magnifier which takes you to the screenshots of the pages, but you it also doesn't look & feel like a classic mobile webpage.
So I emulated an android user-agent in chrome and inspected the source. Actually it is a XHTML page with some nice CSS animations and script magic.
Why is that interesting? AFAIK this is one of the few commercial products (Google's mobile search, not a small fish) which uses modern web-technologies providing a user-experience beyond classic web-page browsing.
Well done Google.