Mobile usage in Europe, US and Japan

Mobile behaviour varies geographically

A new comScore study on mobile usage and behaviours in Europe, the US and Japan, finds that the Japanese mobile audience is the most connected with three quarters of users accessing mobile media in June.

Social networking had the highest reach among US smartphone users, while Europeans text the most.

Mobile behaviour varies geographically

A cross-market analysis of mobile activities in Japan, the US and Europe revealed significant differences among consumers by geography.

Mobile users in Japan were the "most connected" of the three markets, with more than 75 percent using connected media (browsed, accessed applications or downloaded content) in June, compared to 43.7 percent in the US and 38.5 percent in Europe.

Japanese mobile users also displayed the strongest usage of both applications and browsers with 59.3 percent of the entire mobile population accessing their browsers in June and 42.3 percent accessing applications.

Comparatively 34.0 percent of mobile users in the US and 25.8 percent in Europe used their mobile browsers, with 31.1 percent in the US and 24.9 percent in Europe accessing applications.

Messaging methods also varied with Europeans displaying the strongest use of text messaging with 81.7 percent sending a text message in June, compared to 66.8 percent in the US and just 40.1 percent in Japan.

Japanese users exhibited the highest reach in the email category at 54 percent, while consumers in the US were most likely to use instant messaging services on their mobile (17.2 percent).

Social networking/blogs reached the greatest percentage of mobile users in the US at 21.3 percent, followed by Japan at 17.0 percent and Europe at 14.7 percent.

Japanese users were most likely to capture photos (63.0 percent) and watch TV/video (22.0 percent) on their mobiles, while Europeans were most likely to listen to music (24.2 percent) and play games (24.1 percent).

Mobile media usage by demographic

A demographic analysis of mobile media users across markets showed that mobile media consumption was more balanced across age segments in Japan when compared to the US and Europe.

In Europe, 18-24 year olds represented the most-connected segment, 54 percent more likely to be mobile media users, while persons age 25-34 were 35 percent more likely.

In the US, 25-34 year olds were 44 percent more likely to access mobile media than an average mobile user, with 18-24 year olds 39 percent more likely.

The US and Europe also showed greater gender disparity among mobile media audiences. Females were 9 percent less likely to be mobile media users in the US, while females in Europe were 16 percent less likely.

Top mobile social media brands in Europe:

1. Facebook

2. YouTube

3. MSN/Windows Live/Bing

4. Twitter

Top mobile social media brands in the US:

1. Facebook

2. MySpace

3. YouTube

4. Twitter

Top mobile social media brands in Japan:

1. Mixi

2. Gree

3. Twitter

4. Mobage Town

Across markets, local and global brands showed varying levels of adoption by mobile audiences. In all three markets, the top mobile social media brand mirrored the top PC-based social networking brand with Facebook leading in the US and Europe and Mixi leading in Japan.

Local brands Gree and Mobage Town were the #2 and #4 most accessed social networking brands in Japan.

Twitter was the only brand to be ranked in the top four in all markets.

"Mobile media usage continues to accelerate across the globe, driven by advancing technologies and the growing number of content options available to consumers," said Mark Donovan, comScore senior vice president of mobile.

"As we look across markets, dramatic differences in mobile media consumption, brand adoption and user behavior become evident.

"These differences are even more pronounced than they are for PC-based Internet usage due to the complex nature of mobile -- including various device capabilities, operating systems and methods of accessing content.

The MobiLens report examined multiple dimensions of mobile usage including content consumption, demographic comparisons and top social networking brands across markets to provide a comparative look at how consumers interact with mobile media across various geographic markets.

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