Samsung beats Apple: most people now use its smartphones to access the web


Apple can no longer brag about selling the most smartphones, so in its latest keynote Tim Cook had to quote a rather strange metric to still illustrate how Apple is superior to its rivals. To freshen up your mind, that metric was the actual usage of mobile devices. Apple’s chief executive data then showed iDevices having a huge advantage over others.

Now, that seems to have also changed as StatCounter reports that in terms of smartphone web usage Samsung has now surpassed Apple. That means that people all over the world are using Samsung’s smartphones more to access the web than iPhones or iPod touches.

The web monitoring service tracked mobile device accessing its websites and for the first time in June Samsung actually beat Apple in being the most used mobile device brand for surfing the web.

The difference between Samsung and Apple is minimal, but it’s there. Samsung accounted for 25.5% of all page views, while Apple grabbed a 25.1% share. Nokia remained third with 22%.

While it might have fallen out of grace in June worldwide, Apple still dominates the United States market. In America, 54.8% of users used iDevices to access the web and Samsung was a distant runner up with 18.3%.

The StatCounter rankings only include smartphones and no tablets.

source: StatCounter via CNET

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28 Comments

1. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

yaay.NOKIA 22%.not distant third anymore

26. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

haha but remember all their symbian phones use webkit so better to graph their success with IE10 vs. Symbian webkit. It's probably the other line lol

2. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

looking at the graph projectiles and apple's current progress(or no progress) in phones....soon nokia will take the 2nd spot

13. mobigeek

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

hope one day they are on 1st spot

22. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

That's to much hoping

3. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Ty for once they say something right.

4. SamsungNewbie

Posts: 143; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Good going Samsung :) don't want them to sit on top for too long or they'll get lazy like RIM and Apple. The more competition, the better our devices will get.

5. teerex42

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

That's a no brainer, who wants to watch vids or look at a website with the tiny 4 inch screen and inferior specs???? Samsung rules, especially with the GS4. The best phone I have ever had. There are a few sheep in my family that still have an ios but that's because it is a simple phone and they don't care about having a 5 inch full 1080P hd screen and 2 gigs of ram and super amoled screen which blows the iphones screen out of the water, oh and they don't care about smart stay, smart scroll, among other aweome features my S4 has!!! They like their glorified ipod lol. I sold my ipod nano cause now I stream google play music on blazing fast 4G lte :) However, to each their own :)

9. alpinejason

Posts: 262; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

you are right about the i phone screen size but i have to disagree about the amoled display the colors are too saturated

18. trustory

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

displaymate tests show that with the movie mode option turned on it has accurate colors

15. stealthd unregistered

So much BS in one paragraph. I'm seriously laughing at the "smart" features part. Half of those don't even work properly.

17. tedkord

Posts: 17408; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I haven't used smart scroll, so I can"t comment on that. However, smart stay works flawlessly and is extremely useful.

6. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Surprised about the US considering that watching on an iPhone screen is not the best experience. But what do I know.

7. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

The story is accurate but the graphic is all wrong - Lloyd should be on the right side of the Apple where he would effectively be shown, and accurately I might add, taking a huge bite out of the Apple. I am truly sad to see my beloved Apple fall to the rock bottom. I'm now embarrassed to take out my tiny iPhone in public :(

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You're a liar, you don't own an iPhone, nor are you a girl. You're a pathetic "male" troll that's looking for attention. Keep it real dude.

8. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Great, now we just need someone to knock Samsung off their perch. Down with the king!

10. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

And I thought you where supposed to be unbiased....anyway have fun dreaming about knocking Samsung of the top spot....not gonna happen any time soon mate!

11. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I'm mostly unbiased, but I don't like monopolies. If LG's phones were as ubiquitous as Samsung's, I would want someone to challenge its supremacy.

12. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Knocking Samsung "off" will take more than words. Bring in quality prroducts surpassing buyers expectations while Samsung remains stagnat and unresponsive(which will never happen), then you can "knock her off".

14. 1113douglas

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 04, 2013

Samsung deserves it, their devices have proved to be way better than Apple just look st the specs

16. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

my Samsung blew up yesterday ...What? I'm not joking

19. imeubeu

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

i just wont to say nice droid an apple photo...iphone screen is too small it takes longer to look at the page so that increase the time you spend on the internet

20. deadstroke

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

another kick for apple ha ha ^-^

23. arihant10

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

ha ha, samsung with loads of smartphones is just a bit above apple, shame for samsung

27. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Samsung thinks about phones for every group, not like ur iCrap overpriced.

24. Newton

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 05, 2013

Oh! Samsung how hard it was releasing 30 phones a year vs one iPhone.

28. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Samsung thinks about phones for every group, not like ur iCrap overpriced. If Apple release budget phones for every group they'll definitely beat Samsung.

25. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nokia will beat every1.

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