Pornhub’s Tech Review Shows The Apple Vs. Android Battle For Porn Traffic

I don’t know if I’m watching porn on the phone

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It’d be a bit of a cliché if another tech article complained about introverted heaven in 2020. We are all trying to move on as whatever we think is normal becomes our present reality and is not really interested in revisiting the disorder. Our existence was caused by a one-off pandemic.

The bottom line is that we spent a hell of a lot more time on our technology – we know that, get to the point – as is evident from many research reports pointing to a great year for porn sites. That said, it’s time for Pornhub to release its technical report so we can get a better look at exactly how the population accessed their favorite porn while they waited for the pandemic to unsubscribe.

Does it matter how we access porn? Over time, it will reflect how we access the Internet as a whole. With porn go with general trends in our online behavior. The biggest change from 2019 is that tablet usage has decreased by 29% in relation to porn. The desktop decreased by 5% while smartphone usage increased by 4.7%. This makes sense since smartphones accounted for 80% of porn traffic in 2020. That should be especially interesting as many of us have been quarantined with our desktop or laptop computers but still prefer to access porn on our smartphones.

These 80% are worldwide. In the United States alone, that number is higher at 83%. The Philippines led the mobile numbers with 93% cell phone access, Mexico with 92%. Russia and Ukraine recorded the largest increases compared to the previous year with +10 and +11 respectively. The world agrees that we are increasingly working on our mobile devices. While some of us have not yet been able to function online only on our mobile devices, the world is waiting for us to take advantage of the program and drop our desktops for phones named “Pro”.

Apple vs. Android world map

Apple vs. Android world map

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None of this matters unless Apple fanbois can take over the stats. So let’s take a look at what mobile devices make up these global smartphone statistics. With the exception of Oregon, Ohio, and Virginia, Apple iOS dominated the United States. Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Cambodia, and Japan also followed Tim Cook’s products for access to their porn. Oddly enough, North Korea also appeared on this graphic. Do what you want.

The rest of the world has mainly accessed their porn through Android devices.

Chrome and Safari split the mobile browser stats at 46.7% and 41.1%, respectively. Opera Mini usage increased 29.8% year over year, with Samsung browsers taking a nosedive and losing 13.4% of market share. Now you know there was / is a Samsung mobile browser. On the desktop – the dusty piece of furniture you pushed into the corner of the bedroom – Safari grew 106% year over year, while the now defunct Internet Explorer fell 42.7%, which shouldn’t be surprising, but Edge did made a jump as well, just like firefox.

These statistics suggest that Apple desktop users are finally having a computer (likely the latest Apple MacBook Pro) when you factor in that Chrome accounts for 53.2% of desktop porn browsing, while Safari after a massive surge in Year-over-year 18.4% is comfortable enough to be cluttered with a ton of porn. This was not the case with Apple mobile users.

While Apple iOS was certainly the most widely used in the above countries, the use of Android around the world resulted in Apple iOS being used 11% less, compared to a 14% year-over-year increase from Android OS. This is a flip-flop from last year when Apple iOS led the way in watching porn. This year, Android is at the top with a 52.9% market share, while Apple iOS is at 46.8%. For desktop operating systems, Mac OS had the largest change over the year at 57%. Windows rules with 66.6% of desktop traffic share, but it’s clear Apple users are trying to catch up.

Technical statistics aside, it should be noted that Pornhub released its first transparency report earlier this year, covering illegal content on the site. After years of publishing tech-driven traffic reports, Pornhub is taking further steps to curb the flow of illegal content on the site (according to the National Center for Missing, the numbers for the Facebook corporate family are still not nearly the same and exploited children). Hopefully this is a valid step to regain support for payment processing from credit card companies, as this decision only harms sex workers and does little to prevent exploitative content (a multitude of which appears daily on social media platforms, none of which are have obvious problem with payment processors).

Pornhub’s technical test also looks at the most popular search categories in each operating system on mobile and on desktops. You can read through this for yourself, but there must be a link between the popularity of “auto-sex” on Apple devices and where and when people use their phones to watch porn.

While the mobile-desktop discussion probably won’t be long, the Apple and Android debate is taking on a new shape when it comes to adding statistics to porn traffic. Does it matter what type of smartphone we use to access porn? The one person who still has a Blackberry in a belt clip believes it is.

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