Information is power, and for thousands of years, humans have pursued it knowing it was the key to their advancement. Since the invention and widespread adoption of mobile devices, it is easier than ever for all of us to search and assimilate information. We now turn to our mobile devices and Internet search engines to power our hunger for knowledge.
With great power comes great responsibility, and though we are all empowered through this technology, it’s companies that make it possible to search the vast array of information found online. They are now the keepers of humanities’ knowledge. Search engines play a huge role in society, as they database and organize the information we search up. Though literally hundreds of search engines exist, a few key players have emerged to be the go-to choices for mobile users everywhere. According to data found on Playmobi , these five search engines lead the way in traffic and usership worldwide.
The Google search engine is, by far, the most used search engine on the planet. Started in 1995 by two of Stanford University’s PHD students; Larry Page and Sergey Bin, Google started as a research project. Since then, the search engine has grown to be a vast holdings company, with various tech-related products and assets. Every day, Google handles over 620 million mobile searches. Furthermore, above those contemporary mobile searches, Google handles a further 125 million voice searches, where mobile users can speak, rather than type their search criteria, into their mobile device. Therefore, in total, Google is used for over 3 quarters of a billion mobile searches every day.
Yahoo was started a year earlier than Google, also at the University of Stanford in 1994. The search engines creators were Jerry Yang and David Filo, two electrical engineering graduate students. Yahoo grew rapidly throughout the 1990’s, and though it has lost considerable market share to competitor Google, still handles a large volume of mobile searches daily. Every 24 hours over 185 million mobile searches are conducted on Yahoo from smartphones and other mobile devices.
The AOL search engine and web portal was one of the early pioneers of the Internet and search engines during the 1990’s. Though Yahoo and Google eventually overtook AOL by the 2000’s, AOL has managed to maintain a small loyal usership. Everyday nearly 6 million mobile searches are conducted on AOL’s search engine.
Launched in 2009 by technology giant Microsoft, Bing is a relatively new search engine. Though its entry to the search engine race was late, Bing was able to grab considerable market share due to the large pockets and marketing efforts of its parent company Microsoft. Bing is now the second most popular search engine on the planet, handling over half a billion mobile searches daily.
Baidu is a Chinese and Japanese search engine created in 2000 and headquartered in Beijing. The company is Asia’s biggest search engine and though its numbers are not nearly as strong as its North American competitors, Baidu has a solid customer base. Every day, Baidu handles approximately 22 million mobile searches mainly in the Asia.
As technology continues to grow in usership, these key players are the companies and platforms that will continue to service mankind, with the answers to all of our questions. Enjoy the interesting infographic created by the PLAYMOBI team on real time mobile usage statistics as indicated via below preview.