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Android tablets nowhere near iPad in web share as IE revives

updated 09:35 am EST, Wed February 1, 2012

NetApplications shows gap in mobile share

Android tablets are gaining share of Internet use, but they still present no competition to the iPad online, NetApplications uncovered with its January wrap-up. The combined Samsung Galaxy Tab line had just 0.42 percent of mobile Internet share, while the Kindle Fire's possibly brisk sales still saw just 0.34 percent. Although down from December, the iPad at almost 24 percent was still in no danger from Android tablets, where even Android 3.2 was at 0.77 percent.

The iPhone was still the leader at 27.37 percent. The closest Android phone platform, 2.3, was at 10.31 percent.

NetApplications' data bears out that of earlier results and suggests that, despite Google making the web a focus, most Android tablet owners rely on offline or non-web apps at a disproportionate amount relative to device share.

In a surprise reversal of fortune, Microsoft was also reported as having partly recovered on the desktop. It saw its first increase in recent memory this month, up over a point to almost 53 percent. Although researchers speculated that Google's decision to punish itself with reduced ads for Chrome was the factor, it lost considerably less share than Firefox, which shed a full point.

Microsoft might also have been helped by seasonal patterns. January often marks a return to work, where many users don't have a choice but to use Internet Explorer. December's long vacation time means more people are at home and using their personal devices.





By Electronista Staff
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  1. Jeronimo2000

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    -1

    No wonder Firefox is losing

    Apparantly, users aren't as dumb as Mozilla thinks. Bumping up Firefox' version number every few seconds (it's v10 today, it'll be v281 next Tuesday) without adding any real tangible improvements just proves one thing: they think we're stupid enough to believe Firefox will be "better" if (/when) the version number is higher than Chrome's.

  1. The Vicar

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    Joined: Jul 2009

    +3

    Also

    It doesn't hurt that IE development is no longer stagnant. Letting IE6 keep going for so long was a major mistake. When it originally shipped, IE6 was better than the alternatives, but being the tallest of the seven dwarves is not a long-term advantage. It has now reached the point where "everyone knows" IE is "less secure" than Firefox -- the problem is that that's no longer true. It's a little hard to compare, exactly, because Firefox's version number is jumping so fast, but Windows Firefox has a higher rate of security flaws being reported than IE8 or IE9.

    Maybe that's why they decided to start bumping the version numbers: "oh, yes, I know there were sixteen security flaws found in Firefox 9, but that was last week. Now we're on Firefox 10." "Does 10 actually fix the problems?" "Um... look at these pretty new buttons!"

  1. SockRolid

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    Joined: Jan 2010

    +1

    Mobile workers *will* have a choice

    Re: "January often marks a return to work, where many users don't have a choice but to use Internet Explorer."

    Apple is poised to dominate the mobile enterprise market, starting with iPad adoption and continuing with iPhone adoption. 93% of the Fortune 500 companies are at least testing iPad, and 60% are at least testing the iPhone for corporate use. So there is light at the end of the tunnel for many of those hapless corporate IE users.

    Apple mobile device Safari browsing share will increase at IE's expense. And Android's corporate presence is near-zero, and will continue to be marginal for several reasons. Poor security: no IPSec for secure VPN connections, total lack of curation of the Android Market. Fragmentation: too many different versions means no standardization, and corporate IT is all about standards. Etc. etc.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    -5

    Re: Mobile workers *will* have a choice

    93% of the Fortune 500 companies are at least testing iPad, and 60% are at least testing the iPhone for corporate use. So there is light at the end of the tunnel for many of those hapless corporate IE users.

    There's only light if they adopt those things. Looking at them means nothing. And where did those numbers come from? Oh, Apple. Gee, how convenient.

    And Android's corporate presence is near-zero, and will continue to be marginal for several reasons. Poor security: no IPSec for secure VPN connections,

    You mean no "integrated" IPSec client. You can still do it/get it. But why ruin a good argument with facts, right.

    total lack of curation of the Android Market. Fragmentation: too many different versions means no standardization, and corporate IT is all about standards. Etc. etc.

    Neither of these are a problem for corporate IT. As you say, corporate IT is all about standards. So they would standardize on ONE or TWO android models, and standardize on the apps allowed. As such (and get this, it is tricky), fragmentation is meaningless. But I guess the way you see it is, if they get an iPhone, they standardize on a single model. But if they go Android, they'd be buying from 15 vendors and getting 60 different models. Because that's how IT does things, right. Geesh.

    And why do you think mobile workers will have a choice? You say IT departments like to standardize, but somehow they'll let users do whatever on their iPhones/iPads? Gee, that's not standardizing. Make up your mind, will you!

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