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

Google Android logoIn 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.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Android, iOS, OSes

Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
Your comment:

Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party

Last news

Galaxy Note10 really is built around a 6.7-inch display
You may still be able to download your content
Facebook, Messenger and Instagram are all going away
Minimize apps to a floating, always-on-top bubble
Japan Display has been providing LCDs for the iPhone XR, the only LCD model in Apple’s 2018 line-up
The 2001 operating system has reached its lowest share level
The entire TSMC 5nm design infrastructure is available now from TSMC
The smartphone uses a Snapdragon 660 processor running Android 9 Pie
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 / 2
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /

News Archive



Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (15)