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Apple's iOS grabs global smartphone share of 45%

Apple's iOS grabs global smartphone share of 45%
As is now customary with most major ad networks, Adfonic has used ad impressions drawn from multiple markets all over the globe to detail the state of play in the smartphone market, proclaiming iOS as top dog.

Adfonic claims Apple's platform currently generates 45 percent of all ad impressions on its network, with iOS enjoying particular strength in both Europe and Asia.

Three is family

Android, meanwhile, is the biggest platform in the US with a 46 percent share – a number that runs very close to Millennial's assessment of the market – helping Google's OS into second spot on a global basis with a 38 percent share.



When it comes to the devices behind the platform, the biggest three handsets in the market are iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, giving Apple a clean sweep of the top three.

The most popular Android handset on the market in Samsung's Galaxy S II, with the BlackBerry Curve 8520 leads the way for RIM.

Opening Windows

But, crucially, Adfonic points out that, when it comes to click-through rates of ads, bigger doesn't always means better.

Microsoft, for instance, is a particularly strong player the firm notes, despite its OS not yet challenging at the top table when it comes to market share.

"Although devices using Windows Mobile or Windows Phone 7 operating systems make up a small proportion of global ad impressions, it is interesting to note that these operating systems demonstrate very positive click-through rates," Adfonic concludes.



More generally, the firm claims games enjoy the "strongest click-through rates globally of any content category and generate the highest earnings for publishers and developers."

You can download Adfonic's report in full from the ad network's website.

With a fine eye for detail, Keith Andrew is fuelled by strong coffee, Kylie Minogue and the shapely curve of a san serif font.

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