Report: Nearly 60 percent of searches now from mobile devices

According to official Google statements, more than 50 percent of search queries globally now come from mobile devices. But we don’t know whether the number is 51 percent or 60 percent, or if...

Report: Smart speaker owners increasingly using them instead of typing or swiping

Unlike VR headsets or wearables, smart speakers are rapidly emerging as a mass market technology platform. The latest to document relatively high satisfaction and usage of these devices is call-tracking and analytics company...

Search for Hey Siri commands available on iOS devices

There is a new site aimed at documenting the “Hey Siri” commands available for use on iOS devices, such as iPhones and iPads. This is similar to what we reported a month ago...

Study argues Google Home 6X ‘more effective’ than Alexa, but will consumers care?

Tech bloggers love to test and compare rival products. There’s an underlying assumption that the better product will always win. But other factors (e.g., price, brand and so on) can get in the way of rational market...

Mobile brand CPCs on Google are climbing, finds Merkle

The average mobile cost per click (CPC) for brand keywords started to shoot higher starting in the last week of June. In a blog post Friday, Merkle’s Senior Research Analyst, Andy Taylor, wrote that the...

Google Assistant now offering a wide range of games for kids and families

The battle of the smart speakers and home assistants is in full swing. And both Amazon and Google think that gaming and fun will help provide a competitive edge. Amazon introduced Echo Buttons, which...

AMP: A case for websites serving developing countries

Like Taylor Swift, Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMPs) have a reputation. In a not-very-official Twitter poll, 53 percent claimed AMP was “breaking the web.” What do you think about AMP? — Maximiliano Firtman (@firt) March 23,...

Mobile-first updates from SMX East

As every SEO knows, the rise of mobile searches has prompted Google to prioritize mobile signals in determining search results. To that end, the search giant is in the slow-going process of rolling...

Twitter broadens its AMP support to include analytics

Twitter is broadening its support of AMP (accelerated mobile pages) to include article analytics. According to the announcement on Twitter’s developer blog, when Twitter loads an AMP version of an article, it will now...

Google facing $1 billion in potential liability with UK class action

In 2012, Google paid $22.5 million to settle an FTC claim that the company “misrepresented to users of Apple Inc.’s Safari Internet browser that it would not place tracking cookies or serve targeted...
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