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Android grabs web share from iPhone in May

updated 12:40 am EDT, Mon June 14, 2010

Quantcast sees Android still stealing iPhone share

Android is still taking Internet use share away from the iPhone, Quantcast found today. Google's OS has seen over 12 percent more North American web traffic in the first five months of 2010 where iPhone OS-based devices have dropped over eight percent. The rise comes even in spite of Apple's figures including iPad and iPod touch devices where Android is still almost exclusively limited to smartphones.

Apple still has almost 59 percent of the industry, but it as well as RIM's BlackBerry and other platforms have all lost share to Android, at nearly 20 percent.

Most of Android's rise came from the launch of the Motorola Droid in November of last year, which sparked a sustained climb from then onwards. The growth has been sustained, though not accelerated, by phones like the HTC Droid Incredible. Sprint's HTC Evo 4G has seen shortages since launch but shipped in June and hasn't reached iPhone numbers and wouldn't contribute to the current results.

The figures aren't reflective of pure device share but do put pressure on Apple. It had touted significantly more share in data from Net Applications but now may have signs that its lead isn't necessarily as large as once thought. Android users, like their iPhone counterparts, are much more likely to browse the web and use ad-supported mobile apps than on competing platforms like BlackBerry and Windows Mobile.


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  1. das

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    *Sigh*

    Many, many, many iPhone customers and new customers are waiting for iPhone 4.

    That, and there's a plethora of great new Android-based handsets out there.

    How/why is this even a surprise? Let's see next quarter's numbers.

  1. macnixer

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    *choke choke*

    This is just another try by Google to show that Apple's iOS is reducing in numbers as far as ad based site use is concerned. What this "analysis" does not show the users who consume data using Apps that connect to the web-servers directly. Fact is this data can only be collected using specialized analytics and Apple is not giving that away to Google. Google is trying desperately to spread FUD about iOS for obvious reasons. Google stands to loose on the future ad front if they do not win this game. They did not get into the mobile space to halt Apple being the "only" choice. They wanted the Ad revenue and a big part of it.

  1. macnixer

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    *choke choke* continued

    Quantcast info on Wiki: "Instead participating websites voluntarily insert Quantcast HTML code inside Web pages they wish to have included in statistics."

    So the stats are collected based on the sites that are participating. That is a big error in the analysis. I smell rat and a dead stinking one here.

  1. testudo

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    Re: Choke choke

    So how is Google trying to spread FUD? Are you stating that they are forcing, urging, or downright bribing Quantcast to alter their statistics for Google's benefit?

    Or maybe you think Google hired a bunch of people, handed them Android phones, and told them to go surfing, 8 hours a day? Oh, no, no sense doing that. They probably just hired up some botnet to have their network connect to various web sites, posing as Android devices, to alter the results.

    So the stats are collected based on the sites that are participating. That is a big error in the analysis. I smell rat and a dead stinking one here.

  1. testudo

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    Re: Sigh

    Many, many, many iPhone customers and new customers are waiting for iPhone 4.

    How in the world does it matter that so many iPhone customers are waiting for iPhone 4? They're iPhone customers, for goodness sakes. Did all their phones break in April and they're waiting until July to replace them? Do iPhone users just stop using their phones to surf the web when they determine they want the next model?

    That, and there's a plethora of great new Android-based handsets out there.

    How/why is this even a surprise? Let's see next quarter's numbers


    But, based on your arguments, next quarter's numbers will be just as much an aberration as this quarter's. If all those buyers finally get their iPhones, they'll be all over surfing trying out things. You'd expect that. It's how those numbers average out after the 'thrill is gone' and surfing on your phone is done based on need, not just "Oh, this is so f'ing cool!"

    The fact is that Apple's numbers are not going to keep going up. As time goes by, more and more cell phone makers will catch up to the iPhone (even if it is iPhone v1) in terms of surfing, and, with cheaper prices and/or better networks (as in "Anything but ATT!"), more smart phones will make it into the market that are NOT iPhones.

    As such, Apple's overall market will continue to drop.

  1. testudo

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    Oh

    And only the faithful get all defensive and such when marketshare numbers show that Apple ONLY has 58% of the web browsing market on mobile devices. And this for a company that specifically stated it had no intention of cornering the smartphone market, it just wanted to be considered the best in the field.

  1. macnixer

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    @testudo

    There are many ways that data can be manipulated and Quantcast is only analyzing data where sites have registered themselves. It is very convoluted info here.

    Google may have influenced the publication of this data. Why not?

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