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Samsung handsets top iPhone for global Internet usage

Samsung's devices accounted for 25.7 percent of all mobile Internet usage, beating out the iPhone with 23.4 percent market share.


Samsung is still tops worldwide when it comes to mobile users hitting the Internet.

Samsung devices accounted for 25.7 percent of all mobile Web browsing worldwide in August, beating out the iPhone's 23.4 percent market share, according to research firm StatCounter. Nokia came in third place with 21.7 percent market share.

StatCounter's data is by no means the final say on exact unit market share in the mobile space. The company, however, has been able to accurately track device usage through the browser, and its figures tend to be accurate with overall market share. The trouble for Apple in this measure, however, is that it's offering far fewer devices than either Samsung or Nokia, which makes it more difficult to reach higher shares.

That said, Apple is the clear winner in the US, where it holds 52.2 percent of the mobile Web, compared to Samsung's 19 percent share. Nokia has just 1.5 percent share in the US.

"Over the past 12 months Apple has increased its share in the US and UK but globally there is an ongoing battle taking place between it and Samsung. Should the rumors prove true, it will be fascinating to see if a less expensive iPhone will help it increase market share against lower cost competitors in global markets," StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen said Monday in a statement.