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Android loses web share in December, but not to iOS users

updated 12:55 pm EST, Sun January 1, 2012

NetApplications shows Android loss in December

In spite of its device share, Android is losing ground in terms of actual use online, NetApplications found on New Year's Day. Android slipped to 16.3 percent of mobile web share in December, or the same share it had in September. Unusually, most of the loss came to otherwise shrinking platforms: Java ME bounced back to get just under 21.3 percent, Symbian returned to 5.8 percent, and even the BlackBerry recovered slightly to 3.5 percent.

iOS lost nearly two whole points as well, down to 52.1 percent, as part of the shift. Mobile browser share reflected the pattern, as Android's default browser dipped to near August levels at 15.9 percent while Opera Mini (21.7 percent), Symbian (3.3), and BlackBerry (3.1) were all up. Apple's Safari was down to 53.3 percent.

The shifts may have come from the holidays, which often shake up web traffic. Many of those who normally use work-supplied phones or who call less often will start using their personal devices more when on vacation. The data still points to Android owners using the Internet less often, even as the total user base edges closer to iOS.

Desktop OS share was largely flat with Windows at 92.2 percent, the Mac at 63.4 percent, and Linux at 1.4 percent. Among desktop browsers, Internet Explorer was now close to losing its absolute majority after a dip to 51.9 percent. Firefox was still second but, at 21.8 percent, was edging closer to being overtaken by Google's Chrome at 19.1 percent. Safari was effectively unchanged at nearly five percent.

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By Electronista Staff


  1. ElectroTech

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    Joined: Nov 2008


    Shake up Microsoft

    Give Microsoft a shake by using Safari on your Windows machine.

  1. wrenchy

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    Joined: Nov 2009


    Attention nacnn... Typo.

    >>> Windows at 92.2 percent, the Mac at 63.4 percent, and Linux at 1.4 percent.

    You might want to fix your optimistic Mac share percentage at 63.4% to a more realistic 6.34%.
    The numbers just "Don't Work".

    - Sent from my Android Device.

  1. Jubeikiwagami

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    Joined: Dec 2011


    Android not winning

    Basically Android is loaded on every POS on the planet. All the freebies, bundled, lowest common denominator hardware. It's why Android is winning market share. Not because it's better, it's because it's the default POS provided by all carriers. You would have to be an idiot to think anything else. lol

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    I think Android is a great OS and its all apps are wonderful.

    android tablet

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    I think Android is a great OS and its all apps are wonderful.

    android tablet

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