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Apple’s iOS trumps Android in the Mobile Web

A story by Philip Elmer-Dewitt from Fortune points to Apple’s iOS as the king in mobile web usage, crushing Android by a mile. All of iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, etc) have a combined usage of more than 50% of all mobile devices.

The chart showed Apple taking more than 50% of mobile web traffic month after month.

This, despite the growth of Android phones and tablets in the last year and the fact that Android is now the leading smartphone OS in the world.


The difference between iOS and Android is to large I could not hardly believe it. So, I pulled out the traffic data from YugaTech in the last 5 months (since January) and checked the traffic coming from mobile devices and tablets.

Indeed, the iPad, iPhone and the iPod Touch were in the top 3. Their combined traffic is over 48%. Android devices in the top 10 accounted for only around 12%.

Interestingly, the Sony-Ericsson Xperia Arc is the most popular Android handset followed by the Galaxy S2.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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22 Responses

  1. Yahya says:

    Nokia N8 ? Lol people still do that ?

  2. I am interested with the #2 (not set) status. I am inclined to assume that this is Androids but of different device types. :o)

    Plus, its higher on rank that the iPhone. Hmm

  3. Fleeb says:

    “This, despite the growth of Android phones and tablets in the last year and the fact that Android is now the leading smartphone OS in the world.”

    Isn’t all it implies is that more people use iOS devices for browsing the web?

  4. bri says:

    Some android devices have an option to chang the user agent of their devices so it could view the web the way a desktop or ipad views it.. That may have affected the number in the charts unless it determines the specific device used and not the browsing format

  5. Marcelino says:

    Sana i-release na ang next iOS update.

    iOS 5.1.1 really made my battery life worse. :|

  6. dew says:

    still using n8… maganda ang social app :)

  7. didi says:

    Yuga, you failed to consider that Android browsers have a “user-agent” option. It can show itself as a desktop browser(ie,ff,chrome versions), or even as an ios browser(safari). Some Android phones also have adblockers(via host file).

    Android is not limited like in IOS that you always have to press the show desktop version.

    • yuga says:

      That is why I did not stop at just the iOS signals only and dug deeper into the Analytics. You will notice the 2nd chart now shows the handset model and not the OS.

  8. nexusboy says:

    wow, Xperia leads the Android pack. i’m impressed. :)

  9. Dan says:

    Most people use their phones just check to Facebook, text, email, and obviously call. Those activities wouldn’t really show up in mobile web stats.

    • batotoy says:

      i do most of my stuff on mobile phones (iphone&experia arc), pdf,word,excel.photos,videos and i browse the internet using portal and chrome with desktop user agent..isn’t that a lot of data? or you’re just commenting relative to your own?

  10. mdm782010 says:

    hahaha! Happy ako napasama ang galaxy y ko sa list.

  11. Swordstech says:

    Those iphone or ipad users have postpaid plans!!!

    • batotoy says:

      when you insert a prepaid sim to a device, iphone or android, the network autosend to you the internet settings appropriate to the device you are using..so i guess that means postpaids and prepaids are equally monitored

  12. nexusboy says:

    unless you have hard figures to back up your claims, this is closest to being accurate.

  13. Dundundundun says:

    Noob question, does this include the mobile apps like fb mobile version etc or is it just for browsers or is it any time you connect to the net?

  14. operaopera says:

    what if I use to browse the net using a third party browser, say opera mobile, would that still count as an anonymous entry (number 2) or it would still show my actual phone (motorola defy)

    android browser sucks so I guess most android users also use opera mobile

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