Samsung Beats Apple on Mobile Web Use, while Chrome Overtakes IE

NEW YORK | Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 2:35pm EDT

Korean phone maker Samsung has overtaken Apple and Nokia to take the lead in global mobile web traffic for the first time, the latest figures from Statcounter have revealed.

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The latest data comes from website analytics firm StatCounter, which charted the changes between all different devices, operating systems, and browsers over the last 12 months . Photo: Matt Gibson/Flickr

Website analytics company StatCounter have revealed its latest report covering global trends of internet access and software popularity.

Web analytics company StatCounter, however, now claims that Samsung has leapfrogged both Apple and Nokia to take the lead in June 2013.

Twelve month ago Nokia was the number one vendor for connecting to mobile internet but the Korean manufacturer now accounts for more than a quarter of all mobile web browsing.

However now, users accessing the Internet from Samsung phones account for 25.47 percent, overtaking iPhone users by a difference of less than 1 percent. Internet usage from iPhones was at 25.09 percent, followed by usage from Nokia users at 21.96 percent.

As pointed out by the statistics firm, Blackberry’s latest mobile operating system, Blackberry 10, has failed to have much impact on the traffic numbers, with the Canadian firm’s devices accounting for just 3.62 percent of mobile web traffic in June.

It’s worth pointing out that in countries such as UK and US, Internet usage from iPhones is still more than usage from Samsung phones. While 54.84 percent of all mobile Internet usage in the US was from iPhones, only 18.3 percent was from Samsung phones. Even in the UK, Apple leads with a usage share of 47.97 percent while Samsung’s share was 20.45 percent.

Talking about mobile operating systems, the report reveals that Internet usage from Android was at 37.93 percent, followed by iOS which was at 25.09 percent and Nokia’s Series 40 platform at 13.43 percent. Windows Phone’s share was still pretty low at 1.4 percent, behind BlackBerry which was at 3.46 percent, says Gadgets.

Statcounter also claims that in May 2012 Chrome became the browser leader in terms of internet usage worldwide, but has now overtaken Internet Explorer for the first time in the United States. In June Chrome took the number one spot in the US at 34.02 per cent (up from 23.84 per cent 12 months ago). Over the same period IE declined to 32.46 per cent from 40.89 per cent.

The browser wars have seen Google overtake Microsoft’s Internet Explorer for the first time in June this year: 34.02 percent share (up from 23.84 percent 12 months ago) compared to 32.46 percent (down from 40.89 percent), with Firefox and Safari taking third and fourth place respectively.

The rise of both Chrome and Samsung is in large part attributable to Google, whose Android operating system powers the majority of the smartphones now bought globally. In the UK, figures from Kantar Worldpanel indicate that 30 per cent of all phone sales are Apple, compared to 57 per cent for Android, reports the Telegraph.

StatCounter’s report also took in the balance of power with operating systems, showing Windows 7 actually increasing its internet usage share to 51% despite the fanfare-launch of Windows 8. And 12 years after its launch, Windows XP is still hanging in there with 21% of the global market, comfortably above Apple’s consistent third-place OSX (over 7% share).

In the UK specifically Windows 7 still keeps its top-spot with a 49% market share, but – unlike in the global market – Mac’s OSX takes second place with 11%, beating out Windows XP’s 10% share.

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