Android is now slightly ahead of iOS in terms of web traffic, Windows Phone still close to the bottom

One month ago, we told you that Android was breathing down on iOS's neck throughout June when it comes to mobile web traffic and it was just a matter of time before it surpassed it. Well, the time has come, as the latest month web traffic report by NetMarketShare reveals that Android has unseated iOS sometime this July. Google's platform accounted for 44.62%, whereas iOS trailed a little behind with 44.19%. Apparently, this is the first time Android has taken the lead in this department.

While some may argue that the lead is negligible, it appears that Android's dominant position on the market is finally beginning to pay off for Google. The latest official data from one of the most trustworthy sources, Strategy Analytics, revealed that Android accounted for 84.6% of the smartphone market in Q2 of the current year. Broken down to OS versions, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean contributed for 10.03% of all mobile traffic, Android 4.4 KitKat for 9.28%, and Android 4.2 for 8.77%. Meanwhile, more than half of iOS's result is formed by users, who accessed the world wide web from their iPad tablets.

Two of the other relatively major operating systems, Windows Phone and BlackBerry OS, grasped 2.49% and 1.21% of said market, respectively. Java ME and Symbian, however, stood between them and the leaders, Android and iOS.

Android will most probably continue to gain more market share of the mobile traffic, but it is more than certain that iOS won't be a bystander – the upcoming release of the next-generation iPhone(s) and the newest rendition of Apple's OS, iOS 8, will probably give Android and Google a run for their money.

source: Net Market Share via GreenBot



8. colinkiama

Posts: 60; Member since: Nov 23, 2013

because of the ie 'improvments' on wp 8.1 gdr 1. There are a lot of ie 11 users running ios 7 and windows 8 lool

5. AlikMalix unregistered

I cannot believe that usage from one manufacturer = all android manufacturers...

7. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I'm pretty sure the results on Android are inaccurate by a fair margin. Android devices sometimes appear as Linux users in PC web traffic results rather than Android users in mobile OS results. I don't know if that has been compensated for in these results, but if not, then Android probably has a lot more web traffic than the stats tell.

10. AlikMalix unregistered

True... considering that nearly 80-90% of all mobile users aren't mobile savvy like members here, and do not take advantage of "show as PC" option. Do you think it's fair to assume that 10%, or if you wanna be generous, 20% addition to Android's half be more accurate?... making it about 49.08-53.54% of all android traffic? Even at these number users of iOS (one manufacturer) and only at 1/7 global marketshare to compare to 80+% android marketshare is still staggering... What's your take on what percentage of Android users actually use "show as PC" option? (honestly though).

11. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

That's assuming all Android browsers don't show users as desktop users as default. Or that if certain websites don't have mobile versions, they don't automatically show your device as a PC. Even if everything was accounted for, iOS still has a massive lead per device, I'm not arguing that, I'm just saying it's not as major as everyone thinks it is. It just means most Android users use their actual desktop/laptop computers more often than their phone, I know I do.

12. AlikMalix unregistered

Good point... I use my iPad 90% of the time for web viewing, and - it's more comfortable than PC...

13. AlikMalix unregistered

EDIT: Although, I use my iPad 90% of the time for web viewing, because it's much more comfortable than PC or Laptop... It's also more comfortable and streamlined for business in the field for research (web), estimating and invoicing - then print from iCloud via customers PC (if AirPrint is not present). Just saying in case anyone says my point above is anecdotal.

14. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Usually the only people who have expendable time are the high end phone/tablet owners. The rest with cheaper models usually get their phones for more phone related purposes and minor browsing if anything. This trend just goes to show that Apple is now losing the high end segment of the market. Also, the tablet market is shifting to Android as well which also contributes to this stat because tablets are more suited for browsing than phones. All in all, Apple is losing ground in all regards other than profits and that is almost 0 benefit to consumers the way Apple is handling their windfalls.

23. HansGoneInsane unregistered

I couldn't disagree more. Apple is not loosing ground in any regard. It might appear so at the first sight because the relative figures are decreasing. But in absolute values Apple is still winning customers enlarging its user base. The current growth in smartphone and tablet markets is driven by demand in the third world. Apple's premium strategy cannot work there but the third world customers aren't really profitable customers either. And i guess as soon as the new larger screen iPhone comes out, apple's relative market share numbers will increase again because in the western world people can efford apple products and many people just switched to android because of the larger screen there. I am one of them. I cannot wait to have an iPhone again but with a larger display.

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Android offer similar functionality as to Symbian therefore a nature progression from 4% market share in 2009 to 84% present days. WP8 is basically game end scenario. The sooner Microsoft accept that the quicker they could work on some thing better. That would appeal to more people not just the small 2% hardcore fans.

1. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

Can't believe symbian phones are still used more than windows phone!

2. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Because Symbian base phones are more reliable than wp. If only Nokia polished it more. Maybe just maybe they're still the top dog of mobile industry. Oh well 10 years of being number 1 is not an easy task as we all know most of OEM now a days is lucky to stay in the game for 5 years. Sad to say not all good things last forever.

16. illiad

Posts: 132; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

nokia does not do phones anymore... microsoft now does 'nokia' but 12000 ex- nokia employes were sacked by them.. "polishing symbian" ??? MS recently said it was stopping all phone production except for windows phone...

19. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Explain how a Symbian phone is more reliable than a WP device???...

21. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

I can't compare, because I don't own WP, nevertheless I can describe my experience with Symbian. I would consider it quite reliable. It sometimes can freeze, and needs reebooting, but considering, it is abandonware for nearly 2 years now, it is still impressive. System is very well thought out. Latest version took, most from android (widgets, multiple home screen, notification centre), but saved old school symbian goodies (fluent work on slow processor, and small ram, slider for locking and unlocking, rich profile system, always on amoled screen, green and red handset buttons, great connectivity features etc. ). Most apps ended their life in 2011, but that is not necessary always bad thing. In 2011, developers didn't try to collect all Your personal data in exchange for some small functionality. Some time ago, when we tried to get some location in google maps, and there was slow data connection, it turned out that my pre-historic 2009 Nokia N97 mini, was able to do that faster than my friends brand new Xperia Z. So You might say, that in real world situation Symbian turned out to be more reliable. Obviously in many cases it is much slower, and some functionalities are abscent, but personnaly I can't complain. As for wallpaper - the great new WP 8.1 feature - in Symbian You can have different wallpaper for every home screen. Since I love sailing, and have tons of boat pictures from many trips, I very much appreciate this.

3. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I know, right? They stopped selling those more than a year ago. When an OS is struggling to pass another OS that's been retired for over a year, there's obviously a problem.

17. illiad

Posts: 132; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

hm, a year in the phone market is decades compared to reallife... :/

6. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

My mother still has an old Symbian-based Nokia...

9. jael206

Posts: 147; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

This is about web traffic.. There are just some people who are satisfied accessing Facebook, Google and Youtube through their old Symbian feature phones—and thus, they simply find no reason (or budget) to upgrade to smartphones.

15. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Symbian is a smartphone OS, noob

18. illiad

Posts: 132; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

check your grammer usage- 'Phone running OS' = 'OS phone'... and just like people say 'sellotape' or 'hoover' quite often means they are actually using 'adhesive tape by poundland' or 'numatic' 'vax','bissel'... :/

20. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

I hope after reading those stats, people would stop, saying, that MS saved Nokia. It killed it. Stop denying...

22. madmikepr

Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

Lol Symbian old and more use than wp xD I Was the one who post this info about android has more web traffic and no Credit to me PA???

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