iOS dominates mobile platforms for web browsing in 2011

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. 




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26 Comments

1. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

not surprised

2. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 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..!!!!

9. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

u mad? need a hugz?

24. thebikerboi2

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 01, 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

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

4. Alantef

Posts: 288; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

True.....

16. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 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.

26. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

17. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Backpedaling again, remixfa?

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

22. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Consistently backpedaling.

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

dont you have some steroid enhanced beefcake to rub down? lol show me where im backpedaling again?

5. manuell3g

Posts: 66; Member since: Aug 12, 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.

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.

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.

19. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 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.

6. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

18. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

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

8. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

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

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.

12. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 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) ? ---http://gs.statcounter.com/#mobile_os-ww-monthly-201012-201112

13. xray174

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

false all the way

14. musi722

Posts: 46; Member since: Dec 15, 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

15. jinwons

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 24, 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.

21. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 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

25. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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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