Android tops iOS in online usage for the first time, says one tracker

Jon Gold
5 August, 2014
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Why-developers-pick-iOS-over-Android-Macworld-AustraliaA web metrics firm has announced that Android devices accounted for more mobile web traffic than iOS in July, the first time that’s happened since NetMarketShare began tracking such statistics.

NetMarketShare uses data from its analytics clients to track which operating systems and browsers are being used to access the websites it serves. Android and iOS, between them, account for the vast majority of mobile web traffic, a total of nearly 89 percent. Of that, Android’s share for the month of July was 44.62 percent, while iOS accounted for 44.19 percent.

It’s the culmination of a lengthy period of Android sales dominance over Apple’s products – Google’s platform has been outselling iOS for years. Android devices made up more than 78 percent of all smartphones sold at retail in 2013, according to statistics from Gartner Research.

But until the latest report, the iPhone continued to account for more web traffic than Android phones. As recently as September 2013, Android’s usage share was 29 percent, compared to iOS’ 54 percent. While the two figures were always trending toward each other, Android’s gains accelerated this autumn, climbing from a roughly 38 percent share in April to more than 41 percent in May.

In a distant third place for July was Java ME – used in non-smartphones – at 4.19 percent, followed by Symbian at 2.57 percent, Windows Phone at 2.49 percent and BlackBerry at 1.21 percent, according to NetMarketShare’s numbers. The most-used mobile web browser, however, is still Safari, thanks to the Android market being split between the stock Android Browser and Chrome. On the desktop, the research found Microsoft Internet Explorer still on top with 58 percent market share, trailed by Chrome at 20.37 percent and Firefox at 15.08 percent.

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