The New York Times offers an interesting story about Google and the competitive landscape of mobile. The headline is “As Web Search Goes Mobile, Competitors Chip at Google’s Lead.” The central idea of the article is that while Google is used on the PC equally to discover information and to navigate to specific sites, on smartphones people go directly to apps such as Amazon, Kayak or Yelp.
As a basic matter, that’s accurate. However, quoting Danny Sullivan, the story also acknowledges that there’s still a great deal of mobile search activity, which is dominated by Google. Indeed, according to StatCounter, Google’s global mobile search market share is roughly 95 percent.