We already know how (very) well mobile devices and app downloads have fared over the holiday season, but there are numerous other ways to measure the success and marketshare of competing platforms. One such method involves involves NetApplications’ yearly browser analysis, and the firm’s just released their final figures for 2011.
Expectedly, Apple’s iOS finished far out in front, accounting for 52.1 percent of all mobiles browsing the internet. With well over 200 million iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches in the wild, nobody should be shocked by Cupertino’s clout. iDownloadBlog breaks down the results even further, stating that
Apple’s tablet found itself the second most-popular mobile device for browsing the web with a 24.5% share. The ver[y] top spot went to the iPhone with 25.2%.
The rest of the list, though, is pretty surprising. Somehow, Java ME–the operating system widely used in global featurephones and dumbphones–took second place, with 21.3 percent of all mobile access.
Android, at 16.2 percent, finished in a shockingly low third (especially considering all those touted daily activations), and Symbian–at just under 10 percent–took the largest remaining share among all other operating systems (including BlackBerry OS, Windows Phone 7, and webOS).
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