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Report: iOS users more likely to browse on their mobile device than Android owners

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Report: iOS users more likely to browse on their mobile device than Android owners
Apple users dominate the mobile web

Apple users dominate the mobile web

With iOS users making up 62% of mobile web browsers on NetMobileShare's network, it seems that Apple controls the mobile web. On that network, Apple users have increased from 52.4% of users to the current 62% from June 2011 to May 2012. During that same time period, those Android operators on NetMobileShare's network rose from 14.3% to 19.7%. Android fans who say the glass is half full can point to the larger percentage increase in Android browsers over those 12 months (37.8% vs Apple's 18.3%), but the bottom line is that iOS has three times as many users on the network than Android has. The data is based on the number of hits on its clients web pages. The network receives more than 160 million visitors monthly.

Part of the reason for this discrepancy is that the Apple iPad owns 95% of tablet based web traffic. Still, there are many more smartphone users around the globe and Android owns a nice lead in smartphone marketshare. In fact, according to Gartner Android had a 56% share of the global smartphone market in Q1, compared to 23% for iOS. There can be only one explanation and that is that Apple mobile device users love to surf the web more than Android users do. Sure, there will be those who will say this has to do with some advantage that mobile Safari has over Android browsers, but both platforms allow for a usable browsing experience.

source: Fortune

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posted on 02 Jun 2012, 14:24 6

1. RoyalTroll (banned) (Posts: 32; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Ofc iOS browsing is more fluid than ***droid

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 17:18 3

33. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 258; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


No, just because iOS users need more time to view a webpage due small screen size. Additionaly, people that are used to view desktop user agent sites get lost in forced mobile or tablet agent sites.

Not to mention SIri, you can bet its data traffic is 100% included in the above chart and skyrockets data usage.

And iCloud?

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 18:13 1

52. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Woah, excuse after excuse after excuse.

I don't think how much time you spend at a particular website plays any effect at all. Doesn't google have it's own cloud services? And does Siri really account for 3x the mobile browsing?

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 18:34 3

60. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Siri doesn't account for any web browsing because it tracks browser traffic. He's obviously one of the fanatics

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 19:41 1

64. ApphoIe (banned) (Posts: 78; Member since: 31 May 2012)


And you're obviously a welcher with no shame, honor, or decency. What a joke of a man.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 18:39 1

61. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5460; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I don't think that Siri and Cloud usage are counted in this statistic.

Mobile Share Methodology by netmarketshare.com:
http://www.netmarketshare.com/mobile-methodology.aspx

FAQ:
http://www.netmarketshare.com/faq.aspx

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 19:24

63. Birds (Posts: 958; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


ROFL!!!! Trollers, so adorable....

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 14:28 8

2. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


And yet Android users have 4G. Lol.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 15:28 5

16. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


According to AT&T...so do iPhone users...

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 15:48 7

20. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5530; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Do you believe everything that AT&T says?

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 16:11 4

23. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


with the new 5.0 update the iPhone 4s can pick up HSPA+.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 17:45 1

38. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


HSDPA

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 17:53 1

41. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


sorry buddy.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 19:42 2

65. ApphoIe (banned) (Posts: 78; Member since: 31 May 2012)


Fascinating. So how is that not apple playing catch up? Puuurty sure 4G has been damn near a standard in Android for quite some time now.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 20:50

81. bongky (Posts: 12; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)


Hmm...it won't be adopted widely before iPhone releases. Best example, The new iPad launch caused almost every carrier (Asia) to adopt 4G technology. Bottom line is, technology may exist for a few years but before Apple adopt it, carriers will unlikely introduce it.

So yeah, puuuuuurty sure 4G is a standard in Android but Apple is the trend setter.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 20:55 2

82. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5460; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"Bottom line is, technology may exist for a few years but before Apple adopt it, carriers will unlikely introduce it."

Sorry, but it is stupidest thing that I have read today!

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 21:11 1

86. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5460; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"Bottom line is, technology may exist for a few years but before Apple adopt it, carriers will unlikely introduce it."

Or maybe, at least it is in your country. Malaysia - Kuching, right?

But in mine opinion it is nonsense.

posted on 03 Jun 2012, 14:22 1

133. ApphoIe (banned) (Posts: 78; Member since: 31 May 2012)


Holy sh*t guy, by far the dumbest thing I've read in this topic. You have outdone taco, which I did not think was possible. Hang your head in shame!

posted on 03 Jun 2012, 10:36 2

121. LionStone (Posts: 444; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Which is painfully slow and pathetic compared to 4G LTE as even my buddy said when he showed me the results from his speedtest when he got his 4s.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 18:09 2

45. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


Seriously? It was a joke...

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 18:12 2

50. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


AT&T is the absolute definition of sarcasm quotes...unless we are talking about terrible service or raising prices. I thought you guys were better than that...

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 18:23

58. baldilocks (Posts: 494; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


AT&T works better for me than any other carrier does....

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 22:03

90. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


And you believe everything coming from Droid_x_Doug? So kindly remind us when ATT was going initate that hostile takeover of Tmobile.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 22:05

91. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Or iPhone users using a 4G mobile hotspot.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 14:35 3

3. RoyalTroll (banned) (Posts: 32; Member since: 16 May 2012)


And yet the web pages look better on the iphone

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 14:38 6

5. Pings (Posts: 297; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


With that 3.5'' screen? Hahahhahahahahhah

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 14:50 10

9. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5530; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Small is better for the troll.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 15:32 1

17. RoyalTroll (banned) (Posts: 32; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Have you ever had an iPhone or are you just hating, your mad cause you can't afford a high class item, that's why you settle for lower end models smh

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 15:47 5

18. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5530; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I tried an iPhone 4S to compare it to my Droid RAZR. Screen was too tiny. No LTE. I passed at that point. BTW, the price for the RAZR was $100 more than for the iPhone. It wasn't price that moved me away from the iPhone.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 17:11

31. RoyalTroll (banned) (Posts: 32; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Really? Last time I checked the price dropped for the razr

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 18:24

59. baldilocks (Posts: 494; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


Even as an Android user, LTE is a non issue. If I need LTE on a phone, I'm doing something wrong. If you aren't running a server on it, what's the need for all that bandwidth?

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 19:43

66. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Wait. So what you're saying is... you DON'T want a fast internet connection?

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 16:14 2

24. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5460; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"...high class item..."

Could you please explain more widely what makes iPhone 'a high class item' ?

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 17:15 2

32. theBankRobber (Posts: 645; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Just shows how uneducated you really are. IPhones cost the same as android phones, so how is it he CANT afford a high class phone? He just prefers something that better fits his needs for the SAME PRICE. Go back to. Pre-K and re-learn MATH before posting again

posted on 03 Jun 2012, 19:44

141. ApphoIe (banned) (Posts: 78; Member since: 31 May 2012)


Yeah, I love how you iDiots love to throw that around. Mighty proud of yourself for having $200 to spend, I'm certain it was the highlight of your year. Take a stroll around the ghetto or a bus line sometime, notice all the "high class" people sporting iphones lol

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 15:26

15. ladyhaly (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


EFF. Dislike button is me. Accidentally hit it. Meant to hit the like button and now can't change it. -_-

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 16:58 2

29. Tadoya (Posts: 5; Member since: 02 Jun 2012)


I'd like to hit your like button if you know what I mean ^_~! On a serious note, the amount of users who use iOS is a smaller amount than the users of Android. Really it's just simple math, for example if there are 10 people with an iOS device and 9 people are using the internet constantly that would be 90% of the people. On the flip side if there were 100 people with an Android device and 9 of them were using the internet constantly, that would only be 9% of the people. So unless everything was even on the "amount of users" front these numbers are all but inconclusive. But diving even deeper...Why do you guys care enough to argue about it?

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 17:27 1

36. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


You don't understand the survey. It's total people accessing the internet from the phone, android and iOS combined not percentage of the user base.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 18:09 4

46. ApphoIe (banned) (Posts: 78; Member since: 31 May 2012)


STFU, welcher. Your opinions mean even less than they did before, when they were worth nothing.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 18:11 1

49. ApphoIe (banned) (Posts: 78; Member since: 31 May 2012)


And you don't understand how wagers work, WELCHER

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 14:40 1

6. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5460; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Could you please explain more widely and proof your statement? Or maybe you are just trolling?

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 14:37 7

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5530; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Maybe Android users don't visit the NetMobileShare website? I have never visited that site, yet when I have to waste some time, I am on the web checking news sites. LTE makes the browsing experience indistinguishable from landline cable service.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 15:23 2

14. ladyhaly (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Same. What the hell is NetMobileShare anyway and why would I want to visit it?

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 15:51

21. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5530; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


This article is the first mention I had heard about the site.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 16:22 1

27. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5460; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


You don't have to. :)

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 17:27 1

37. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


There's a lot of these surveys and they all show iOS dominates web use on mobile devices.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 18:12 3

51. ApphoIe (banned) (Posts: 78; Member since: 31 May 2012)


No, they do not.

Welcher.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 14:42

7. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5460; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Mobile Share Methodology by netmarketshare.com
http://www.netmarketshare.com/mobile-methodology.aspx

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 14:49 5

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5530; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


From the provided link: "We collect data from the browsers of site visitors to our exclusive on-demand network...." What a crock of sh*t. If you don't visit their website, you don't get counted. Their projections are totally worthless.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 14:54

10. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5460; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"The network includes over 40,000 websites, and spans the globe."

http://www.netmarketshare.com/faq.aspx#Methodology

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 15:00 1

11. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5530; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


And the network's websites are listed where? Just because they make a claim, doesn't mean that it is true. I could claim that the sun rises in the west and sets in the east, but that doesn't mean it really does.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 16:32 1

28. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5460; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"And the network's websites are listed where? Just because they make a claim, doesn't mean that it is true."

Yes, I know, I was just searching for info too and that's why I have posted these links here. I also would like to see a list of sites.

"I could claim that the sun rises in the west and sets in the east, but that doesn't mean it really does."

Sun doesn't rise or set at all, that the Earth is spinning! ;)

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 15:17

12. ahomad (Posts: 138; Member since: 15 May 2012)


come on stop these stupid comparisons, let people do whatever they want. one day we will see study stating that android users are more likely to go to the bathroom than iOS users because iOS users are so busy playing with its awesome games !!!

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 15:23 7

13. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


i have an iphone and i messed around on the new ASUS Transformer tab the other day and i can honestly say id rather have the ASUS over the iPad.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 15:52 1

22. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5530; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


BIG mistake on your part. Now all of the Android H8ers will thumb you down....

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 16:14 1

25. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


oh no, i may get a thumbs down? oh cool... i dont care. the transformer tab is 200 less and practicly the same size. i just want to mix up my technology a little. the iphone and ipad do the same things just one is larger. the ASUS is different on experience wise and it has things on it that the ipad doesnt.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 15:47 2

19. mrochester (unregistered)


I wonder what all these Android owners are doing with their smartphones if they're not using them for smartphone functionality such as web browsing? I suspect many are just being used as glorified feature phones.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 17:23 2

35. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I agree, a lot of the trolling here attacks Apple users as technologically ignorant, but in actuality A LOT of android users don't really use any of the features of a smartphone either.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 17:51 5

40. tedkord (Posts: 4275; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


My wife doesn't. She uses her droid 2 for texting, calls, facebook updates and angry birds. She seldom breaks 100mb per month. But then, she didn't want a smartphone to begin. I only got her one because the promotion I got required all phones on the account to be smartphones.

I, on the other hand, have gone as high as 12Gb in a month. I surf, stream Netflix, YouTube, slingbox, email, banking, stream Pandora, etc...I'm on the phone now typing this. No Facebook, though. I f**king hate Facebook. Here's a hint - I don't care if you're heading to the store to buy chicken. Your life isn't that interesting.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 17:57 2

42. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I use a smartphone or tablet 90% of the time for personal use. Very rarely need a PC anymore. At work I use a PC all day.

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