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iOS dominates mobile platforms for web browsing in 2011

Posted: , by Victor H.

iOS dominates mobile platforms for web browsing in 2011
iOS remained the top platform for users to access the web in 2011. Apple closed the year with 52.1% share of the devices accessing the Internet, while Android trailed way behind with only 16.1% according to December data from Net Applications. Actually, Android wasn’t even the second - Google’s mobile OS ranked third after Java ME which had 21.3%.

Apple’s share has been going back and forth since the start of the year when it held 46.6%, to reach a peak in October with 61.5% and decline in the last two months of 2011.

Nokia’s Symbian came fourth with 5.8%. The platform has been continuously losing share, starting from 8.9% in the beginning of the year and dropping to as low as 3.5%, rebounding slightly in the final months of the year.

And when looking into particular devices and their popularity, the iPhone was unsurprisingly the leader, followed by Apple’s iPad. 


iOS dominates mobile platforms for web browsing in 2011

iOS dominates mobile platforms for web browsing in 2011

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posted on 02 Jan 2012, 09:38 4

1. quakan (Posts: 1175; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


not surprised

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 09:40 5

2. henrickrw (Posts: 404; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Good article Vic... You´re always so proud of informing good things about Apple.

Apple is on the downhill... Android is going to smash them..!!!!

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 10:55 8

9. paulyyd (Posts: 326; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


u mad? need a hugz?

posted on 03 Jan 2012, 01:26 1

24. thebikerboi2 (Posts: 144; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


with the amount of iphones shipped in the lst quarter of 2011 i'd say that the fact is quite conterdictory to your comment

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 09:40 10

3. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


considering everyone i know runs their android browser in "desktop" not "android", thats really not surprising. They need a way to track the browser while its in both modes to get a true picture.

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 09:49 4

4. Alantef (Posts: 284; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)


True.....

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 13:58 2

16. shimmyx20 (Posts: 280; Member since: 03 Mar 2009)


While your friends may be more tech-savvy, I unfortunately have to deal with the general public and troubleshooting their phones. Most of them don't even know how to access the settings for their browser :-/ . So I'm not sure how much impact it will make.

Not that your is moot though. Hopefully there is some way to track it in both modes.

posted on 03 Jan 2012, 07:14

26. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i deal with the general public all day. there are quite a few that never change their browser. There is also a good portion that do. its not like half or anything but even 20% is a huge number of people in android land.

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 14:03 5

17. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Backpedaling again, remixfa?

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 14:44 3

20. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


nope.. consistent as ever.. just like you and your moronic fanboy posting. :)

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 23:03 1

22. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Consistently backpedaling.

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 23:36 1

23. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


dont you have some steroid enhanced beefcake to rub down? lol

show me where im backpedaling again?

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 10:24 2

5. manuell3g (Posts: 66; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


This is so false.if android activation surpasses that of the iPhone then how possible is it that iPhone tops mobile browsing...moreover most android users set their browsers to desktop,iphone4 or ipad mode.

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 10:38 6

7. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


iPhone and iPad users are using the web browser Safari more than Android folks use their web browsers. Kind of like how iOS users have a tendency to buy apps a lot more than Android users.

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 11:39 5

11. robinrisk (unregistered)


Kind of yeah, but Java ME, which is used by feature phones (i think) has a lto more market share than android and that is simply not possible.

It might be a combination of this:

- Its only taking into account 2.3 browsers (about 50% of all android devices)

- I for one dont use the stock browser for anything, and there are a lot of alternate browsers.

- Browser identification in android is usually set to display full webpages.

- The company did not measure correctly, or did not have the tools to measure without having bias on the measurements. (i.e.) Its looking for webpages that iOS users visit a lot, or did the study in places where iOS is dominant.

Anyway, i dont think these results are real.

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 14:04 1

19. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Because those Android stats are skewed and false. That or people return them at a higher rate since they tend to have low satisfaction rates.

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 10:26 6

6. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Why only Android 2.3? It would be different if they showed every version

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 14:04 1

18. shimmyx20 (Posts: 280; Member since: 03 Mar 2009)


This is true. After all, it is showing every version of the other OSes as far as I can tell

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 10:54 1

8. JGuinan007 (Posts: 633; Member since: 19 May 2011)


These tests are so flawed just set to show Apple propaganda why would Victor H post such an article

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 11:35 2

10. robinrisk (unregistered)


That is extremely strange though, with android having close to two times as many devices worldwide, and only having a 13% share. I think remixfa might be right, but the difference is so big that i dont think thats the complete reason.

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 12:13 1

12. -RVM- (Posts: 329; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Who the hell is NetMarketshare.com ? The site is ranked 65244 on Alexa.com. Why don't u show us graphs from StatCounter, which is one of the biggest web traffic analysis site (and ranked 176 by Alexa) ?
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http://gs.statcounter.com/#mobile_os-ww-monthly-201012-201112

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 12:45 2

13. xray174 (Posts: 85; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


false all the way

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 12:47 2

14. musi722 (Posts: 45; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)


it seems some friends didn't figure out .
i tell you . apple have the most point so it tells that the most amount of web browsing done by a device that use safari and just iOS devices have safari browser!
get it. apple have the most points so it tells that the most amount of web browsing has done with a device that works with iOS
do you get it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 13:57 1

15. jinwons (Posts: 93; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


This is very biased analysis. Why include only 2.3? Also android users often use desktop mode in browser or other browser apps and I suspect that was not counted correctly.

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 16:06

21. bbblader (Posts: 579; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


2 facts why apple beats android in web browser share:
1 - apple fans are rich,because they can afford one and there is a very little chance they dont have internet and have to use wi-fi,but more of the android users dont have internet and use wi-fi and even a less persentage is the people with wi-fi routers in their apartaments.
2 - most android users dont use the original web browser

posted on 03 Jan 2012, 06:10 1

25. roscuthiii (Posts: 1787; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Riiiight... All this really tells us about Android browser use is that Android 2.3 users who haven't changed their browser mode made up just over 16% of their survey.

(The article states 16.1 yet the bottom chart shows 16.29, not much of a difference granted but that's still a pretty apparent discrepancy when exact numbers are stated. Compounded by the fact that if you look at the chart it shows Android finishing at around 9% based on Nokia's starting numbers in the year. Hey, if graphs and charts are going to be presented, the numbers should match is all I'm saying.
And yet with Android's growth faster and faster this year, in November and December there was a 2% decline? Have I said, 'Riiiight' yet?)

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