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Google’s Search Market Share Under Threat

Mozilla, the company that runs Firefox web browser has announced a change in their strategy and now have promoted Yahoo as the default search engine for Firefox, replacing Google’s spot. Google has been the default search provider since 2004 and while Yahoo will be the default search engine (from December onwards), Google and other major search engines will still continue to be built-in as alternate search options. Firefox was once the browser holding the #2 spot for market share (peaked just under 32%), behind Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. However, over the last 4 years, Firefox has steadily dropped to the #3 position with now a market share of 11.65%. This is probably due to the rising dominance of Google’s Chrome browser, known for its simplicity and fast loading times. Apple reconsiders Google too Apple’s contract with Google which sets Google as the default search engine in Safari browsers is expiring in 2015. According to Business Insider, Yahoo and Microsoft is already pitching to Apple on the idea of replacing Google as Safari’s default search engine. It’s interesting to note that Bing already serves as the default search for Siri, so it wouldn’t be too surprising if Apple decides shake off Google in favour for Yahoo or Bing. We’ve seen from the past that Apple has been trying to decrease its reliance on Google by removing Google Maps and YouTube apps that came pre-installed in iPhones until 2012. Combining iPhone and Safari, Apple has a very large market share in mobile browsers, while Android and Chrome still remains dominant on top. In 2014, mobile devices overtook desktop in online traffic and this trend will continue to rise in this... read more

Google Releases Mobile Friendly Labels on SERPs

Google has announced the release of a new label on the SERPs to highlight websites that are mobile-friendly. A page will be labeled as mobile-friendly if it meets the following criteria: Avoids using software no common on all mobile devices, like Flash. Reason being is because Apple products (i.e. iPhone, iPad) do not support Flash and they have such a large market share in the mobile device category. Instead, HTML5 should be used instead of Flash as this is supported by all, if not most of all mobile browsers. Text that is readable without zooming in. Page content sizes to the device screen without having to zoom or scroll horizontally. Spacing between links should be far enough apart so it’s easily tapped (or “clicked”). The key thing that Google is trying to push for is for users to have a seamless experience on mobile devices without the frustrations of zooming in/out, scrolling across to find content, tapping on the wrong link (due to size) and unable to play video due to unsupported technology. It seems Google has already started rolling out the mobile-friendly labels which can be seen on a mobile device. So why is mobile important? According to comScore, we’re seeing a surge of smartphone and table usage, with digital media time spent on a mobile device is now 60% and the growth trend is upward. We’re seeing a huge growth in mobile usage, surpassing desktop in internet activity from social networks, media consumption, emails to e-commerce. We live in a world of constant connectivity now and it makes sense that mobile is a big contributing factor to that. My site... read more