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Who leads in webshare, iOS or Android?

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Who leads in webshare, iOS or Android?
Ever since day one, the mobile Safari browser was seen as the one to beat

Ever since day one, the mobile Safari browser was seen as the one to beat

The latest data released by Net Applications shows that iOS users, both on their smartphone and tablet, are using their browser much more than Android users. The current figures show that iOS has a 60.6% web share compared with 24.5% for Android. The trend has picked up since October, according to CNNMoney’s Philip Elmer-DeWitt, who points out that this was around the time that the Apple iPhone 5 launched (which was on September 21st to be precise) and the Apple iPad mini was released.

On the other hand, the data that comes from market research firms like IDC tell a different story. IDC reported Samsung outselling the Apple iPhone in Q4, world-wide and in the U.S,.and catching up in the tablet market to the Apple iPad. That is why the numbers presented in the graph are either an indictment of the stats that some analytic firms are presenting or there really is a wide gap in web use between  Android and iOS. StatCounter, which tracks 3 million web sites to determine the market share of various platforms, computes webshare as a byproduct of its computations. Based on its data, Android's webshare is about 10% higher than iOS' figure. Both sites can't be right. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle.

source: StatCounter, TechFortune via AndroidAuthority

Net Applications (L) has iOS dominating webshare while StatCounter has Android in front
Net Applications (L) has iOS dominating webshare while StatCounter has Android in front

Net Applications (L) has iOS dominating webshare while StatCounter has Android in front


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posted on 02 Feb 2013, 23:39 4

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


Funny, series40 get that high webshare as well? Lol

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 04:11 4

12. jsdechavez (Posts: 702; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Asha for the masses especially in developing countries. They don't get subsidized handsets there.

posted on 02 Feb 2013, 23:44 6

2. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


The stock android browser is androids biggest weakness. Chrome is much better.

posted on 02 Feb 2013, 23:48 24

3. wendygarett (unregistered)


Stock android browser is better, it can help you to save pages so that you can read it again offline... And faster that the chrome if you ask me...

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 00:20 12

5. caseball2051 (Posts: 31; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)


i think this is the first rational post ive seen you make, kudos.

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 00:30 13

6. wendygarett (unregistered)


I don't understand is that some disagree when I speak the truth, if you are true jellybean user, you will realise how true I am...

chrome is best when it comes to desktop, but not in android

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 03:21

11. TerryCrowley (Posts: 184; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


As of 4.2 Chrome is the default browser on Android you goon.

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 04:18 2

13. TheOldOne (Posts: 83; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


no it is not:

it is on the Nexus 7, but on the 4.2 for Galaxy Nexus it is still not.

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 06:22 2

22. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


Well my note 2 doesn't run 4.2, it runs 4.1.2 and the stock browser sucks...you goon.

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 05:06

15. boosook (Posts: 984; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


The stock browser is better on phones, especially on phones with small screen and not so powerful cpu, but on tablets chrome is much better. On the nexus 7 chrome works like a charm. Saving an offline page? I did it once in two years... Show many times did you actually do it? Webpages are dynamic so it is a feature rarely uused I think.

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 05:41 6

19. wendygarett (unregistered)


I've saved a lot of Michael.H articles tho :)

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 04:27 4

14. Shubham412302 (Posts: 298; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Stock Android browser had better hardware acceleration than chrome and is faster...
Stock one works well better on maps.ovi.com were chrome lags too much

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 12:04 1

61. axllebeer (Posts: 265; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)


I tried Chrome on my HTC EVO LTE and it renders pages poorly with the txt flow different sizes all over the place. I used Firefox for a while but have gone back to the stock browser after the 4.1 update and find it to be the best for my needs. Running ICS the stock browser was lousy, but now it's quite good.

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 12:24 7

64. TA-21 (Posts: 20; Member since: 22 Oct 2012)


Just one openion i want to share "F*k IOS and Apple"

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 12:47 2

69. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


Opinion is spelled o p i n i o n

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 00:36 1

7. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Not when it comes to the GS3 stock browser - that thing is awesome. Chrome is still a bit of a resource hog.

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 06:29

24. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


ilia which do u prefer pre 4.2 stock, or chrome?

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 08:58

34. ilia1986 (unregistered)


I have pre 4.2. Got 4.1.2 Samsung stock. Better than Chrome imo.

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 09:31 1

38. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


I like the page to page swiping in chrome.

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 11:25 1

54. tedkord (Posts: 4685; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Personally, I don't particularly care for either. I use Dolphin HD most of the time. Fast and responsive. Chrome has its uses, I do occasionally use it.

Want a disappointment in a browser? Skyfire. That browser was awesome on my old WinMo phones. Blows on Android. Though I guess there's not much need for it on Android since Flash is enabled anyway.

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 11:33 1

58. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


Is android still supporting flash moving forward

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 19:06

80. tedkord (Posts: 4685; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Nope, but the ICS flash apk still works.

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 00:39 1

8. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)


r u nuts??? have u seen the browser in Note 10.1?? guess not! it gets almost the same score as the chrome in Nexus 10 in almost all the benchmarks except a few and there is a generation difference of the processor as well! stock android browser (the old one not the chrome) is the best browser! chrome is not as smooth hell its not even optimized yet!

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 00:20

81. Mittal (Posts: 427; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


That is an overstatement
And pleaaasseee.... people wont change their surfing habits if some browser takes 2 seconds more to load a website (compared to Safari)
In any case they will shift to any of the better browsers available.

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 01:54 3

9. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Oh not again that stupid deceiving statistic.
Get it already that It is because BIG PERCENTAGE OF ANDROID PHONES AND TABLETS USE THE DESKTOP USER AGENT. PERIOD

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 02:19 1

10. aco96 (Posts: 192; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


The only thing I hate about my Symbian phone is the worst browser ever. It's practically unusable...

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 05:33

18. JunkCreek (Posts: 402; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


so many people use operamini, many android users on my country indonesia using operamini as their preferred browser. i, myself, always almost using operamini on android (rehardless phone or tablet) to browsing and downloading, except for downloading files from some web file hosting, i'm using whatever browser can handle downloading scripts and plugins. sometimes stock browser, opera mobile.

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 06:16 2

21. palmguy (Posts: 247; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


Some Android phones browser are seen as desktop not mobile like Safari always is. Of course it will seem like iOS browser is prominent when they're isn't a way to determine true Android web surfing.

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 06:31 1

25. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


Good point

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 06:37

27. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


I know this is wayyyy off topic, but for the baseball fans among us, what do u guys think of the latest A-Rod situation?

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 15:26 11

75. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8189; Member since: 14 May 2012)


How are you not banned yet?

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 16:09

76. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


How are you not banned yet?

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 06:55 1

28. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Like right now...I'm typing this from my Maxx HD. And it's the desktop site. Does phone arena have a mobile site or app?

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 07:04 2

29. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


No app that I know of

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 07:42 3

31. kingpet13 (Posts: 139; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


M.phonearena.com I use it all the time.

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 11:28

55. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Thanks. Will check it out today. I feel stupid.....why didnt I just chek for that first....duh!! lol.

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 11:32

57. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


This is alot better. The desktop site goes hay wire at times on my phone.

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 07:41 3

30. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


This article is so BS. Not only does Android have about a hundred different browsers for people to choose from, but the Android browser even shows up as Safari on many sites. Also, the stock Android browser isn't present on the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 devices. The only reason why the stock Android browser is still present on some devices running 4.1-4.2 is because the OEM wanted it there themselves, like Samsung with the S3 and Note 2 and HTC with their devices. Google wants Chrome on all devices going forward with Jellybean. They just don't enforce it.

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 08:18

32. jaabubut (Posts: 13; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


Stock browser is the best compare to the chrome that lag too much in my s3... while i can't deny that safari is the best browser experience compare to android browser

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 11:19 1

83. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Again..pointless article, phone arena. Bottom line...there are more people around the world using Android, more than iOS. End of story.

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