FORTUNE -- Apple (AAPL) and Samsung are both expected to launch new flagship smartphones in 2014. To get some baseline numbers in advance, the folks at the Chitika ad network have done a fresh analysis of iPhone and Galaxy usage in 2013.
Their report, issued Friday morning, is based on Apple and Samsung mobile ad impressions in the U.S. and Canada, several hundred million in all. Among its findings:
Both Samsung and Apple are well positioned to maintain their top spots in the mobile marketplace, but usage statistics, in conjunction with sales figures, make it clear that each company has its own set of strengths when it comes to North America. Continental usage of Apple products generally outperform its market share, likely indicating that users are highly engaged with the company's devices as compared to those of its competitors. Samsung has invested heavily in the North American mobile marketplace, and its devices easily drive the most Android Web traffic. This makes the user experience on its devices of prime concern for Android OS and application developers, helping Samsung deliver a more seamless experience to its users.
From TaskRabbit to Gobble, scores of startups now cater to those either unable -- or unwilling -- to do something for themselves.
FORTUNE -- After a long day or week, the last thing I want to do is house chores. So plates and laundry stack up. The floors don't get Swiffered. When that happens, I'll spend more time clambering around, pajama-clad, and deliberating -- time I could have used to actually MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Aug 5, 2013 10:34 AM ET
No. If anything, it was a faulty charger. But Apple has promised to investigate her death.
FORTUNE -- The news first appeared on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo, posted Saturday under the official @Stewardess network account. It went (as translated by reader Anne Nimick):
"Ma Ailun, a Southern Airline stewardess, was going be married on Aug. 8 and would have turned 24 on Aug. 16. In the evening of Jul. 11, 2013, while MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 15, 2013 7:00 AM ET
Translated from Icelandic: "Get a phone that understands you."
FORTUNE -- If there was a press release from Samsung announcing that the Galaxy S4 supports the native language of Iceland, we missed it. No matter. The point of this surreal ad -- tailor-made for the island nation's addressable market of 320,000 men, women and children -- is that Apple's (AAPL) iPhone does not.
A $4.3 billion ad budget is a terrible thing to MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 7, 2013 5:42 AM ET
Probably the same London tabloid that called Samsung's Galaxy S4 the "most-loved."
FORTUNE -- Here's what passes for tech news on ABC TV these days:
"Tough news for Apple. Research firm We Are Social names the iPhone 5 the most-hated smartphone on the market for receiving the most complaints on social media. Last year, by contrast, the Samsung Galaxy S4 was named the most-loved smartphone."
That item, which aired Friday on at least MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 6, 2013 9:55 AM ET
Samsung's shares have a long way to go before they could match Apple's meltdown.
FORTUNE -- In a note to clients Friday, ISI's Brian Marshall offers a chart and some commentary on Samsung's disappointing earnings warning.
The chart shows just how far Apple's (AAPL) shares fell after the launch of the iPhone 5 and how much further Samsung's would have to fall to come anywhere close.
Comparing Apple's iPhone sales reports to Samsung's MORE
Comparisons to Cupertino are inevitable as Samsung shares drop 3.8% in one day.
FORTUNE -- You might have thought that all the starch had been taken out of Samsung in June when a wave of analysts' downgrades trimmed its market value by 13%. But the stock got hammered again on Friday, losing 3.8% in one trading day following a disappointing earnings forecast.
Analysts wasted no time making comparisons to Apple (AAPL).
"Apple is MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 5, 2013 7:34 AM ET
A smartphone with physical keyboard? The Canadian company believes there's still a place for its new device in a market dominated by touch.
FORTUNE -- Confession: I use a BlackBerry.
Or well, I have a BlackBerry Bold 9930 for my work email (my choice) and an iPhone 5 for everything else. And you know what? It works. I've enjoyed my iPhone's many strengths over the years -- industrial design, app selection, MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jun 23, 2013 10:24 PM ET
When Apple reported record iPhone 5 sales, the stock began a six-month free fall.
FORTUNE -- It's been years since Samsung reported any unit sales numbers at all for its mobile phones, so the tech press took notice Thursday when the South Korean manufacturing giant decided it had something to brag about.
Samsung Electronics co-CEO Shin Jong-kyun told reporters at an industry forum in Seoul that he is confident shipments of the Galaxy S4 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 17, 2013 10:31 AM ET
Reading the comments on these smackdowns, I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
FORTUNE -- The outcome of the many drop tests that have surfaced on YouTube comparing the ruggedness of the Samsung Galaxy S4 with that of the Apple (AAPL) iPhone 5 was never really in doubt.
In falls that shatter the screen of the new Galaxy, pop its back off and kill its camera, the iPhone 5 takes a licking MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 1, 2013 7:03 AM ET
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