You probably are wondering how the heck the title of the post is even possible when Android continues to have larger marketshare over iOS. Well I kid you not, iOS is dominating the mobile share market.
Today, the latest operating system share statistics from Net Applications show that Apple’s doomed iOS platform continued to grow to a 61.64 perent share of the mobile device in October of 2011. This is up by 7 percent from the 54.65 percent iOS represented among mobile devices in September.
In fact, the company’s share has continued to grow for the last year, and is up more than 10 percent from the 49.19 percent iOS held in December of 2010. You know the platform that has the largest amount of marketshare? Android? Well, that platform has also grown over time too, but not as quickly as iOS. Android represented just 18.9 percent of mobile devices browsing the web in October.
While iOS’s and Android’s share grew, it came at the expense of the Java Platform, Micro Edition, which is designed for embedded systems on mobile devices. Java ME took 12.84 percent of mobile browsing in October, followed by Symbian at 3.48 percent, and BlackBerry (lol is that even a thing anymore?) at 2.48 percent.
When the data is analyzed further, it shows the iPhone as the dominant platform with 30.05 percent total global share and iPad accounted for 28.6 percent of mobile devices browsing the web.
Net Applications‘s data also revealed the operating system share of PCs browsing the web. They found that the share of the Mac also continued to grow in October. The Mac represented 6.94 percent of devices tracked online, up from 6.45 percent in September and considerably up from the 5.21 percent Apple represented in December of 2010. The data also revealed that 10.7 Lion had a 1.83 percent global share of operating systems, behind the 3.62 percent controlled by 10.6 Snow Leopard. Microsoft’s Windows Vista had an 8.85 percent share in October, Windows 7 represented 34.62 percent of machines, and Windows XP fell below 50 percent to 48.03 percent.
Maybe I’m going on a limb here, but this data makes me further believe that Android’s biggest problem is the 190m people who bought one, don’t especially like it, haven’t bought any apps, don’t browse the web, and have never heard of Ice Cream Sandwich (lol! Try saying that with a straight face). I think this will cause Android to lose marketshare rapidly and we have already started to see the effect of this. Anyway, marketshare means everything.