Apple's iOS grabs 52 percent of mobile browser users

Though Apple's iOS showed a dip in December among mobile browser users, it still grabbed more than half of the market, followed by Java ME in second place, according to NetApplications.

NetApplications' data for the mobile market in December. NetApplications

Despite a drop in December, Apple's iOS remained the top platform for mobile browsing, according to the latest stats from NetApplications.

Throughout December, iOS carved out a 52 percent share of the mobile market, down from 54 percent in November and 61 percent in October, but still in the lead. Google's Android ended December with a 16 percent share, a dip from the prior two months.

Drilling down further, the iPhone accounted for 25 percent of all mobile browsing and the iPad 24 percent, leaving the iPod Touch with 2 percent. Android 2.3 was the most popular version of Google's OS in terms of mobile browsing, followed by 2.2 and 2.1. Devices running Honeycomb 3.2 and 3.1 picked up a 1 percent share.

But nestled in second place between iOS and Android was Java ME (Micro Edition), a mobile platform found predominantly on feature phones. Smartphones have continued to surge in popularity this past year. But less-pricey feature phones still hold a fair chunk of the mobile marketplace as evidenced by Java ME's 21 percent share in December.

Trailing the big three were Nokia's Symbian with almost 6 percent of the mobile browsing market and RIM's BlackBerry with 3.5 percent.

Looking at specific devices, Samsung's Galaxy Tab grabbed almost half a percentage point. And though it's been hot among consumers, Amazon's Kindle Fire accounted for just one-tenth of a percentage point in the mobile browsing world last month, according to NetApplications.

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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