Apple and Google’s OS share slides in March as BlackBerry shows narrow gain

By on April 2, 2012 at 3:45 PM.

Apple and Google’s OS share slides in March as BlackBerry shows narrow gain

The smartphone and tablet landscapes remained largely unchanged in March as far as operating system usage share is concerned. New data from analytics firm Net Applications shows that the collective operating system share owned by Apple’s iPhone and iPad inched down to 59.87% in March from 60.59% in February. iOS’s share had skyrocketed in February as it continued to gain after losing share ahead of the holidays. Google’s Android smartphones and tablets dipped as well in March according to Net Applications’s data, dropping to 18.66% from 19.02% in February. Symbian stayed flat at 2.77% in March, and the only mobile operating system to show gains during the month was RIM’s BlackBerry OS, which climbed a fraction of a point to 2.21% from 2.15% in February. A chart showcasing Net Applications’s data follows below. More →

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Apple’s OS share skyrockets in February as Android inches up, BlackBerry slides

By on March 1, 2012 at 1:20 PM.

Apple’s OS share skyrockets in February as Android inches up, BlackBerry slides

Apple’s share of global smartphone and tablet usage skyrocketed in February after remaining somewhat flat over the previous three months. Analytics firm Net Applications on Thursday released mobile phone and tablet operating system share data for February, and Apple showed the most gains last month by a wide margin. The Cupertino, California-based company saw its share increase to 60.59% from 53.65% in January as Android inched up less than a point to 19.02% and RIM’s BlackBerry platform slid nearly a point to 2.59%, it’s second lowest monthly share over the past 12 months. Java ME share of mobile and tablet operating system usage plummeted to 14.16% from 19.19% in January, and Symbian dropped to 2.77% from 5.20% over the same period. A chart outlining Net Applications’s data follows below. More →

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Android and iOS regain market share in January as BlackBerry slides

By on February 1, 2012 at 3:40 PM.

Android and iOS regain market share in January as BlackBerry slides

Google’s Android platform and Apple’s iOS regained mobile operating system market share last month after both mobile platforms curiously showed declines in December. Analytics firm Net Applications on Wednesday released mobile phone and tablet operating system share data for January 2012, and the new numbers suggest that Android showed the biggest gains last month. Google’s mobile OS remained in the No.3 spot while rising to an 18.12% share from 16.15% in December, while Apple’s iOS rose to 53.65% from 52.10% a month earlier. RIM’s BlackBerry OS showed gains in December but the platform’s OS share fell to 2.59% in January, its lowest point since October 2011. Java ME retained its No.2 position despite sliding to 19.19% from 21.27% last month, and Symbian dropped half a point to represent 5.20% of the mobile OS market. A chart outlining Net Applications’s data follows below. More →

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Chrome usage surpasses Firefox for the first time

By on December 2, 2011 at 7:15 AM.

Chrome usage surpasses Firefox for the first time

Google’s Chrome web browser surpassed Mozilla’s Firefox in global browser market share for the first time ever in November. Research firm StatCounter found that Chrome’s market share during the month was 25.69%, up 4.66% from last November, and that Firefox’s share was a hair lower at 25.33% during the month. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer maintained its lead with 40.63%. “Our stats measure actual browser usage, not downloads, so while Chrome has been highly effective in ensuring downloads our stats show that people are actually using it to access the web also,” StatCounter CEO Aodjan Cullen said. Internet Explorer remains the top browser in the United States with a 50.66% share. Firefox is the second most popular browser in the U.S. with a 20.09% share, down from 26.75% in November last year, and Chrome is the third most popular browser with a 17.3% share, up from 10.89% last year. Net Applications, another research firm, published similar results on Thursday. By its numbers, Internet Explorer had a 52.64% share in November, followed by Firefox (22.14%), Chrome (18.18%) and Safari (5%). StatCounter’s full press release follows after the break.  More →

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Android, iOS usage shares dip in November as BlackBerry gains

By on December 1, 2011 at 8:10 AM.

Android, iOS usage shares dip in November as BlackBerry gains

Apple’s iOS platform and Google’s Android operating system both lost usage share in November as BlackBerry and Symbian showed gains. Analytics firm Net Applications on Thursday published its operating system market share data for the month of November, and momentum has shifted quite a bit compared to October. IOS slid more than seven points to drop to a 54% share in November, and Android shed two points to fall to 17%. Android also slipped out of the No.2 spot it claimed from Java ME in October as the feature phone platform jumped seven points to a 20% share last month. RIM’s BlackBerry platform ticked up to 3% and Symbian usage gained a point and a half to hit 5%. Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform didn’t even register 1% on Net Applications’s radar. A graph outlining November’s smartphone and tablet platform market share by usage follows below. More →

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Windows market share slides in October as Mac, Linux gain

By on November 2, 2011 at 7:15 AM.

Windows market share slides in October as Mac, Linux gain

Just-released data from Net Applications shows that Microsoft’s share of the PC operating system market continued its slow decent in October as Apple’s Mac operating system and Linux both showed narrow gains. While Windows is still the overwhelming market leader among desktop operating systems, the platform slid from a 92.44% share in September to a 91.86% share last month. Over the same period, Apple’s Mac OS climbed from 6.45% to 6.94% while Linux inched up from 1.11% in September to 1.19% in October. Microsoft’s share of the computer OS market is expected to continue its slow decent until the second half of 2012, when it is expected to launch its next-generation Windows 8 operating system that marries a full-blown desktop OS with a light-weight mobile platform for tablets and other emerging devices. A chart illustrating October desktop operating system market share data from Net Applications follows below. More →

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iOS market share balloons in October, Android climbs to No. 2 mobile OS

By on November 1, 2011 at 8:20 AM.

iOS market share balloons in October, Android climbs to No. 2 mobile OS

Propelled by the popularity of its iPad tablet and the successful launch of the latest iPhone, Apple’s share of the mobile operating system market jumped significantly in October. Apple’s iOS saw just 1.6% growth between August and September of this year according to Net Applications, as iPhone sales slowed in anticipation of a new model in October. That new model, the iPhone 4S, sold more than 4 million units during its opening weekend alone, causing Apple’s cell phone and tablet operating system share to balloon to 61.64% of the global market in October, up 7% from 54.65% in September. Read on for more. More →

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iOS and Mac OS X market shares hit record highs

By on October 3, 2011 at 8:11 AM.

iOS and Mac OS X market shares hit record highs

A recent report from Net Applications suggests that Apple’s iOS and Mac OS X operating systems both achieved a record high global market shares during the month of September. iOS had a global market share of 54.65% for the month, up from the 53.04% grip it had on the market in August. iOS is trailed by Java ME with an 18.52% market share, Android (16.25%)  Symbian (6.12%) and BlackBerry (3.29%). Mac OS X reached a record high 6.45% share of the operating system market during September, up from 6.03% in August, which is dominated by Microsoft’s Windows (92.44%). Linux has a fraction of the market with a small 1.11% piece of the pie. Apple is expected to take the wraps off of its next iPhone during a press conference in Cupertino on October 4th, and we’ll be reporting all the news as it breaks. More →

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