How are Canadians using their mobile devices? What kind of devices do they own?

The folks at Yahoo! / Flurry Analytics regularly post Flurry Insights, gleaned from data accumulated from their analytics SDK that’s embedded in hundreds of thousands of mobile devices. Back in 2015, they posted data they’d accumulated about mobile device usage in the Canadian market:


Some quick notes from the above:

  • 86% of time on a mobile device is spent in an app; only 14% of the time are users in a web browser
  • Social media apps (Facebook, Twitter and various others) gobble up 37% of time – roughly a third of the time someone is using their phone/tablet – all on their own
  • Playing music, reading an e-book or watching a video is how 9% of time is spent by Canadians on their mobile device

Of course, that’s not to say that you can’t create an app that takes up 50% of someone’s time on their devices, even over the long haul. But it’s clear that for the average Canadian, there’s only a small slice of time that they’re likely to spend using the new app you’ve created for them.

Next up: What kind of devices are in use out there? Flurry Analytics has a second post (from 2016 this time) with a global form factor breakdown:



Infographic: The size of the United States military

The National Post graphics department is amongst the best in the business. After the U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq, they did up this infographic about what the size and placement of the U.S. military remains to be. Click the image below to see it at full size.

G20 Summit: Fortress Toronto

Just putting this on here for the sake of remembering how downtown “looked” during this once in a lifetime summit here in Toronto. All hysteria aside, not much is really going on in the city. A couple of police cars were torched at Bay & King. Have yet to see a police officer utter a single word to a protestor.