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Android users were responsible for more than 40% of global mobile data usage in December

Android users were responsible for more than 40% of global mobile data usage in December
Based on data from a StatCounter chart, of the major mobile OS in use, only Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry users ended the year snarfing up more data than they used starting back in December 2012. Those toting a device powered by Google's open source OS had consumed 33.19% in December 2012. A year later, that figure is at 43% and rising. Windows Phone, expected by many to have a great year ahead, saw its share of mobile data consumption worldwide rise from .91% to 2.08% from December to December.

Windows Phone was led by its entry-level devices like the Nokia Lumia 520/521. The Nokia Lumia 525 was recently launched overseas to update the line. With specs similar to the older Lumia 520, the only major difference is a bump to 1GB of RAM on the newer model. This allows the phone to handle the latest apps and games available for the platform. This year, the expectation is that Windows Phone will get more traction from its high-end devices, which now sport specs similar to top-shelf Android models.

Devices powered by Apple's iOS used 23.26% of the world's data consumption in December 2012. Last month, that figure was off a tad to 21.82%, still good enough to be second to Android. BlackBerry users finished 2013 responsible for the use of 3.63% of mobile data globally. That was up slightly from the 3.53% seen in December 2012, and kept BlackBerry ahead of Windows Phone in terms of data usage. However, we would not be surprised to see BlackBerry fall under Windows Phone when we revisit this chart next year at this time.

Series 40 users consumed 13.02% of global mobile data in December 2013, and Symbian handsets were used to download 4.95% of the world's mobile data used last month.

Android users lead the way in the consumption of the world's mobile data

Android users lead the way in the consumption of the world's mobile data


source: StatCounter via WMPoweruser

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posted on 01 Jan 2014, 13:28 4

1. Antimio (Posts: 166; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)


US is one thing. Globally...

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 13:30

2. ihavenoname (Posts: 1307; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Android and iOS are understandable, but why Windows Phone is so low in the chart? I thought it would be higher than BB at least.

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 13:31

3. Troysyx (Posts: 138; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)


Question....Why does samsung have its own chart???

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 13:32 1

4. ihavenoname (Posts: 1307; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Bada OS maybe, I'm not sure though.

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 15:39

10. sprockkets (Posts: 1146; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Probably due to the Samsung browser in their phones; it is not chrome, not the aosp android browser.

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 13:45

5. livyatan (Posts: 674; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Lol at the windows phone figures

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 14:32 3

6. SAYED-EJAZ (Posts: 220; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


hehe who cares windows . windows is flopest in the decade !
no body can reach near to Samsung + android . Period.

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 15:00

7. nasznjoka (Posts: 314; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


you just nailed it. windows? what's that a new rebel group in CONGO?

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 15:03 3

8. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Not surprised considering how my much market share Android controls. I just like seeing the iOS line declining.

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 15:36

9. KiranPAUSER (Posts: 73; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


Respect to s40.

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 08:15

11. sgodsell (Posts: 975; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Android with the chrome browser offers me the closest browsing experience to my laptop/notebook. Yes I know there are other browsers on the play store like Firefox, opera, and others. But for me I think chrome is the best feature packed mobile browser.

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