According to the monthly survey, iOS remains the most popular mobile platform. However, both it and Google’s Android have made steady gains over the past 10 months.
Since August, Apple’s share has risen from 53 percent. At the same time, Android’s share has risen 4 percent, from 16 percent.
At the same time, Research in Motion’s BlackBerry and Nokia’s Symbian platforms have both experienced declines. BlackBerry holds just 1.33 percent of the market (versus 3.33 in August), while Nokia’s share has dwindled from 6.21 percent to 1.49 percent over the same time period.
Microsoft’s mobile platform market share is stuck at just 0.61 percent.
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The latest desktop market data from Net Applications also tracks Apple’s Mac OS X share at 6.7 percent of computers browsing the Web. Windows has a dominant 92.2 percent of computers tracked online, while Linux accounts for 1.1 percent.
Among specific browser software, Apple’s Safari was tracked with 4.7 percent of the market, well behind Google’s Chrome (19.1 percent), Mozilla Firefox (20.1 percent), and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (54 percent).
Releases for Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and iOS 6 are expected later this year. It will be interesting to see if Google and Apple can expand their reach in mobile browsing beyond their jointly held 85 percent. Our best bet: they will, especially given that Microsoft’s mobile OS has yet to catch on with customers.
Will Microsoft ever compete successfully in mobile, or will the fight always be one between iOS and Android only?