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

A new report shows that owners of Apple devices are more likely to use the mobile web than those toting an Android flavored device; on NetMobileShare's network, iOS users make up a whopping 62% of mobile web users...
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113. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

You can upload it to http://imageshack.us and then post the link to the image here.

124. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

That proves nothing because the survey wasn't done by whatismybrowser You guys just don't get it do you.

129. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

How do you know they don't use the same software to determine what your device is? You don't, I don't. So unless we know without a doubt that they're somehow able to determine better than whatsmybrowser.com what my device is, both our arguments are moot. I'll try to see if their network has a way for me to test if what I found is the same or not. Besides that, the article says "those users on NetMobileShare's network". What if there are more iOs users on their network? That's like saying there are more Mac users on the web according to Venture Communications (my ISP). Does that mean that there are more Mac users worldwide just going by one ISP? No, it just means that there are more Mac users on that particular ISP. I'm guessing whatever ISPs service Cupertino, California will probably show 100% Mac users, just like whatever ISP is servicing the Redmond, WA area will probably show 100% Microsoft users. It's not indicitive of the entire world, just that area.

132. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Just went to try to see if they had a browser detection page like whatismybrowser.com and got nothing. From the looks of it, they are a techblog. Going by the webpage it looks kinda thrown together, so I really can't believe that it is a representative picture of the whole web. Now if PA, Engadget, or The Verge wants to do a test to have you visit a webpage (logging IP addresses to limit you to one try to keep it fair) than we might have a more representative picture. But if NetMobileShare's network uses the same browser detection as whatsmybrowser, than that wouldn't be correct either since most of us don't use mobile view. Just sayin'.

140. tedkord

Posts: 17207; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They're not using any "software" for this survey. They collect data from whatever websites they have in their network, probably paying for the stats. When you visit a webpage, your browser sends certain information, in the firm if the UAstring, which includes information about your browser version, operating system, etc...the webpage servers store this info, and stats companies use it to tabulate these types if statistics reports. However, if you spoof the UAstring, you can fool the servers. In this way, you can use Dolphin browser on an Android phone to access some webpages that reject all other browsers but IE. And, your visit is recorded as whatever your user agent string is set as. So, if I set Dolphin UA to Android, I'll get the mobile page (if there us one) and be recorded as an Android visit. If I set it to Desktop, I am recorded as Safari on Mac OS, and get the full site. If I set it for iPhone, I show up as Safari 4 on iPhone OS. If I set it to iPad, I get recorded as Safari on iPad.

131. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

They use the same method to retrieve information about OS, it is standard.

144. ApphoIe

Posts: 78; Member since: May 31, 2012

Oh taco, you SO CRAZY! No, really, you are crazy. Best look into that. Welcher.

109. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Yeah I forgot that you can switch the agent to iOS in an android phone

102. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

IP address has nothing to do with browser or OS identification.

138. ApphoIe

Posts: 78; Member since: May 31, 2012

Ever heard of honoring your wagers? No? Didn't think so WELCHER

92. eman99

Posts: 409; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

we need a sheep dog corral all the sheep off the cliff problem solved

108. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Wow...if these numbers do include iPad then they are very skewed...but, again...no big deal ~written on my awesome pics Droid RAZR

112. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

@network - not to hijack the thread, but.... How is ICS working for you on your RAZR? I have been waiting for what seems like forever for Moto/VZW to release ICS for the stock RAZR.

114. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Very good...browser cannot do user agent change...but dolphin can. Very little issues with it and I have used it since March

115. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Taco you ignorant (ignorant ) slut...you are so ignorant and uninformed. Using Dolphin browser I changed my user agent to safari and guess what? It shows up as my phone being an iPhone 4. So, these stats are very much skewed thanks to including tablets and the power of Android.

117. tedkord

Posts: 17207; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Well, I see no reason tablets shouldn't be counted. People are using them to browse the web while mobile, they count. And right now, the iPad does dominate tablet sales. Makes you wonder, though, why so many are browsing the web on an iPad, when a 3.5 inch screen is perfect for it? It's a mystery.

120. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

You can also browse using this Android PC System ($49) http://apc.io :)

125. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Well according to facts iPhone have about 3 times as much web browsing as androids

128. tedkord

Posts: 17207; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And, according to much more reliable evidence, Android has more than double the market share of iOS, and is increasing. So?

139. ApphoIe

Posts: 78; Member since: May 31, 2012

And which facts are those? The ones you pulled from your ass? WELCHER

123. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

So ios users browse the web more than android users? Woopdy friggen do, Now I think I'm gonna try out a stupid fanboy comment. That's because thats all the iPhone can do!!!!!! Haha!!!!!!!!! Now I know how taco feels, sad empty and alone.

126. miggymini

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

That's interesting being that the iOS browser sucks...

127. QinEmpire

Posts: 145; Member since: May 16, 2012

Yeah android lags = less browsing = not surprising.

130. tedkord

Posts: 17207; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yeah, iOS is limited and barely more than a feature phone operating system = far fewer buying it = Android dominating the mobile OS market. Gee, this game is fun.

150. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

QinEmpire is strikercho...wow

148. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

typical taco. proven wrong and runs away with his tail in between his legs. he does it every time. he will just pretend this thread doesnt exist. stupid troll.

149. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

As usual...

151. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Taco is unable to think for him/her self - when you read an article you have to really understand what is saying, where the information came from, and how refutable is the info and its sources....

152. BomberXL

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

and this matters to me how? because Apple users like to browse the internet more.. means i should switch to an iPhone?

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