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Android web usage surpasses iOS for the first time

Likely due to slowing iPad sales
Mon Aug 04 2014, 12:42

ANDROID HAS OVERTAKEN iOS in terms of web usage for the first time, with devices running Google's mobile operating system being used more than iPhones and iPads during July.

That's according to the latest data from Net Applications, which shows that smartphones and tablets powered by Android were used more than iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch devices powered by iOS during July.

However, Android hasn't overtaken iOS by a huge margin. According to the figures, Android usage grew from 43.75 percent in June to 44.62 percent in July. In comparison, iOS dropped from 45.61 percent in June to 44.19 percent in July, seeing Android overtake it by a small fraction.

With Net Applications' figures combining both tablets and smartphones, this drop could be due to slowing iPad sales, which Apple admitted in its third quarter results.

Beyond iOS and Android, Net Applications' figures paint a weird picture. Java ME accounted for 4.19 percent of mobile and tablet usage in July, followed by Nokia's now-defunct Symbian mobile operating system which claimed 2.57 percent during the month.

Microsoft Windows Phone 8 operating system was next on the list with 1.87 percent, followed by Blackberry with 1.21 percent and Amazon's Kindle Fire OS with 0.64 percent.

Net Applications' breakdown of mobile usage comes just days after it revealed its latest desktop operating statistics, which again delivered bad news for Microsoft.

During the month of June, Windows 8 usage was down again, with a drop of 0.06 percent to 12.48 percent, while Windows 7 saw its market share rise, edging up 0.67 percent to 51.22 percent. µ


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