iOS controls 65 percent of mobile OS market on Internet

Apple's iOS mobile operating system is gaining market share at the expense of Java ME, BlackBerry and Symbian, according to a recent report. The operating system now accounts for 65 percent of all mobile (including both phones and tablets, as well as Apple's iPod and other Web-enabled mobile devices) Web browsing. 

In June last year, Apple had 52.41 percent of the mobile operating system market; now it has 65.27 percent as of last month, according to statistics from Net Applications. Android, by comparison, has grown from 14.31 percent to 19.73 percent over the same period of time. Both BlackBerry and Symbian have seen their market shares steadily decline over the course of the past year. Java ME has seen the largest dropoff in mobile operating system usage, going from 22.37 percent in June 2011 to 10.22 percent last month.

While the news is great for Apple and Google, Microsoft's mobile offerings haven't made much of a dent in usage. Other mobile operating systems, including Windows Phone and Windows Mobile, have grown from just 0.73 percent to 1.42 percent from June last year to June this year. 

As pointed out by Lance Whitney of CNET News, Net Applications uses Internet data to compile its results, which may result in skewed information (especially given Android runs on some feature phone devices; these devices can sometimes be purchased without mobile data contracts). The company gathers its data from a collection of 40,000 sites; the company collects only unique users and limits those results to one unique visit per day to each site. 

Via: CNET News
Source: Net Applications

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Tango update starts to reach Samsung and Dell Windows Phones

Next Story

Microsoft Office 2013 beta now pushed back to later in July?

39 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

better them than Google, and yes i'm serious... at least iOS devices aren't unsecure data mining tools waiting to be exposed by the next malware; oh yeah, iOS actually works and does not needs its developers to acknowledge at version 4 that is a laggy crap

Morden said,
better them than Google, and yes i'm serious... at least iOS devices aren't unsecure data mining tools waiting to be exposed by the next malware; oh yeah, iOS actually works and does not needs its developers to acknowledge at version 4 that is a laggy crap

You talk crap.

yowanvista said,
The title of this article is clearly WRONG. iOS only controls 65% of mobile browsing traffic.

If the goal of the title was to get the most clicks, then I'd say it was pretty spot on.

sexypepperoni said,
iPod touch also sold a lot, and those count too.

Whose fault is it that nobody can make a good iPod Touch competitor?

mutualcore said,

Whose fault is it that nobody can make a good iPod Touch competitor?

That's what I keep saying. Apple is nothing short of amazing.

sexypepperoni said,

That's what I keep saying. Apple is nothing short of amazing.

I think you need to get out more... there are many more amazing things in this world than Apple.

he didn't say there is only apple, he said apple is amazing...

djdanster said,

I think you need to get out more... there are many more amazing things in this world than Apple.

To be fair, my iPod is rather amazing. Destroyed my DS in terms of a gaming device as well.

But I don't side with companies at all, as every company can and will bend you over the kitchen table if you let them. If someone want's to show the utmost loyalty to a company though, well hey... it's their butt, not mine.

So title should read that 65% of people who visit a website have iPhones that probably contains relevant information for iPhone users or is of more interest to those users?

Although I admit it probably wouldn't have got as many views and it is a bit long winded

Teebor said,
So title should read that 65% of people who visit a website have iPhones that probably contains relevant information for iPhone users or is of more interest to those users?

Although I admit it probably wouldn't have got as many views and it is a bit long winded

Or not... "The company gathers its data from a collection of 40,000 sites; "

stevember said,

The point I was making as this is based on browser use the tablets will always be browsed on more than phone. Add to that iPads are by most popular tablet.

Rarely people browse with a phone unless want info.

So should they exclude tablet data until Android has a strong enough device or what? Not trying to be a smart-ass or anything, but if they're including tablet data of both sides, I'd say it's fair game.

dead.cell said,

So should they exclude tablet data until Android has a strong enough device or what? Not trying to be a smart-ass or anything, but if they're including tablet data of both sides, I'd say it's fair game.

It is fair, but would be nice see breakdown.

This is web market share. I think that Android scores pretty low in this market share method because many people are buying them and using them as feature phones, especially on prepaid carriers like MetroPCS and Boost Mobile.

Stetson said,
This is web market share. I think that Android scores pretty low in this market share method because many people are buying them and using them as feature phones, especially on prepaid carriers like MetroPCS and Boost Mobile.

So I guess Android != smartphone since most people don't use it like one. That means iOS marketshare among smartphones is even higher.

mutualcore said,

So I guess Android != smartphone since most people don't use it like one. That means iOS marketshare among smartphones is even higher.

No, that means more people use their iOS device for internet than Android. I hardly use my android devices to browse the internet and mainly use them for the apps.

mutualcore said,

So I guess Android != smartphone since most people don't use it like one. That means iOS marketshare among smartphones is even higher.

Just because people don't use them like smartphones doesn't mean they're not.

Entry level devices can still browse the web, but at the cost of a feature phone. Therefore they would be smartphones, but they wouldn't be counted in these statistics if the user doesn't have a data plan.

Given that Android is sold on a lot of entry level phones (which probably make up the majority of the sales), this is highly probable.

This is why people need to read statistics for what they actually are: iOS is used more than Android for browsing the web. Nothing more, nothing less.

Sales for Q1 2012 http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=2017015
Company 1Q12 Units 1Q12 Market Share (%) 1Q11 Units 1Q11 Market Share (%)
Samsung 86,567.6 20.7 68,782.0 16.1
Nokia 83,162.5 19.8 107,556.1 25.1
Apple 33,120.5 7.9 16,883.2 3.9
ZTE 17,439.3 4.2 10,788.7 2.5
LG 14,720.4 3.5 23,997.2 5.6
Huawei 10,796.1 2.6 7,002.9 1.6
RIM 9,939.3 2.4 13,004.0 3.0
Motorola 8,368.2 2.0 8,789.7 2.1
Sony 7,898.4 1.9 7,919.4 1.9
HTC 7,703.4 1.8 9,313.5 2.2
Others 139,392.6 33.3 153,809.0 35.9
Total 419,108.3 100.0 427,845.7 100.0

I believe many Android users don't browser web on their mobile... that make IOS seem to be larger than it really is....

Just in case anyone is confused, hes talking about Web browser marketshare, not hardware market share. So the correct heading would be: iOS is responsible for 65% of web browser clicks.

clearly this includes tablets because android is kicking the lights out of iOS in marketshare with over a million activations per day. Windows 8 should take a lot of marketshare away from apple/google though as every tablet with windows 8 will be coutned as mobile OS, even if it is an x86 full PC os.

neonspark said,
every tablet with windows 8 will be coutned as mobile OS, even if it is an x86 full PC os.

You have to show me that time machine of yours!

neonspark said,
Every tablet with windows 8 will be coutned as mobile OS, even if it is an x86 full PC os.

I think it would be more sensible to only count Windows RT as a mobile OS.

XMac said,

I think it would be more sensible to only count Windows RT as a mobile OS.

Pretty sure the user agent will make that information available

neonspark said,
clearly this includes tablets because android is kicking the lights out of iOS in marketshare with over a million activations per day. Windows 8 should take a lot of marketshare away from apple/google though as every tablet with windows 8 will be coutned as mobile OS, even if it is an x86 full PC os.

What about Android tablets? Wouldn't those be included in the Android marketshare too?