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.