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.