Samsung passes Apple's iPhone in smartphone Web usage - report

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in iPhone edited January 2014
A new study has found that more people in the world are using Samsung-made smartphones to access the Internet than are using Apple's iPhone, marking the first time that has been the case.

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StatCounter's latest Internet Wars Report (PDF) found that, in the month of June, Samsung devices accounted for 25.43 percent of smartphone Internet usage, compared to 25.09 for Apple's iPhone devices. Samsung has moved into the leadership position in smartphone web use over the course of the last year, which has seen the South Korean tech giant's share grow from 19.46 percent just 12 months ago.

Apple's share over the same period has shrunk from 25.43 percent. Earlier this year, Apple passed Nokia in terms of mobile web usage. In the United Kingdom and the United States, StatCounter found, Apple is still the clear leader in smartphone web usage.

A look back at StatCounter's trend line shows the two rivals' graphs gradually converging since about February of this year. That trend became more pronounced in over the past two months, likely due to the strong sales of Samsung's new Galaxy S4 flagship model.

Samsung is also helped along by its scattershot approach to producing devices. Whereas Apple so far releases only one model of iPhone per year, Samsung's models can number in the dozens, hitting an array of price points, form factors, and operating systems.

While Samsung gained, other manufacturers suffered. Apple saw its share decline slightly, but BlackBerry (N?e RIM) continues to struggle mightily and Nokia's nosedive appears only to have stalled, but not necessarily reversed. The month of June saw Nokia trending slightly upward, but whether the Finnish phone maker ? which once sat atop the mobile world ? can maintain that momentum is questionable.

StatCounter's report also looked at operating system market share, finding that Microsoft's Windows 7 is the top platform in the world, with about 52.62 percent of Internet usage. Windows 8 has is approaching six percent, conforming to prior measures of that system's progress.

Apple's OS X sits at 7.4 percent, according to StatCounter. StatCounter counts the iPad as a separate category of iOS, the report notes. Considering Apple's bestselling tablet in that fashion, the iPad reportedly accounts for about 4.2 percent of "non-mobile" Internet traffic.
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  • Reply 1 of 71
    blackbookblackbook Posts: 1,361member
    Typical sales drop before the new model probably played a part in this, along with Samsung continuing to give away their devices.

    The 5S, iOS 7, and potential low cost iPhone will see Apple put Samsung back in their place and crush the rest of the competition.
  • Reply 2 of 71
    mac95mac95 Posts: 26member
    That rise is due to Android devices accessing NSA servers.
  • Reply 3 of 71
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 5,001member
    Who really cares....
  • Reply 4 of 71
    genovellegenovelle Posts: 982member
    Weird considering when these numbers compare Apple to Google Apple is far ahead. How is that possible if Samsung is Android.
  • Reply 5 of 71
    blackbookblackbook Posts: 1,361member
    genovelle wrote: »
    Weird considering when these numbers compare Apple to Google Apple is far ahead. How is that possible if Samsung is Android.

    Could be because iPads aren't included? Are iPads included in the other reports?

    Also Samsung has phones with their own OS, Windows, and Android.
  • Reply 6 of 71
    yojimbo007yojimbo007 Posts: 1,005member
    Bogus.. Samsung bribed article!
    As Alawys the low lives are at their game !
  • Reply 7 of 71

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by blackbook View Post



    Typical sales drop before the new model probably played a part in this, along with Samsung continuing to give away their devices.



    The 5S, iOS 7, and potential low cost iPhone will see Apple put Samsung back in their place and crush the rest of the competition.


     


    This is not a sales chart.  It's a chart detailing internet usage.

  • Reply 8 of 71
    19831983 Posts: 1,201member
    Somewhat surprised by Samsung's sudden rapid rise in this department.
  • Reply 9 of 71

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    Originally Posted by genovelle View Post



    Weird considering when these numbers compare Apple to Google Apple is far ahead. How is that possible if Samsung is Android.


     


    I think the difference is that these numbers are worldwide numbers, whereas what we've seen in the past was US only.

  • Reply 10 of 71
    "Internet Wars Report" lol. Please.
  • Reply 11 of 71
    darelrexdarelrex Posts: 58member
    Hmmm.. So Nokia was well ahead of Apple and Samsung as recently as last December? How can that be -- haven't they been limping along in Windows Phone fail mode for a few years now? I wonder where this data is coming from.
  • Reply 12 of 71
    sol77sol77 Posts: 203member


     


    Really? So if an ice cream stand sells 25.43 pounds of chocolate in four sizes and 25.09 pounds of vanilla in four sizes, this means more PEOPLE are eating chocolate?  Geez. Come on. This is extremely basic stuff.


     


     


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    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post



    A new study has found that more people in the world are using Samsung-made smartphones to access the Internet than are using Apple's iPhone, marking the first time that has been the case.


     


    StatCounter's latest Internet Wars Report (PDF) found that, in the month of June, Samsung devices accounted for 25.43 percent of smartphone Internet usage, compared to 25.09 for Apple's iPhone devices.

  • Reply 13 of 71
    chandra69chandra69 Posts: 638member


    IMPOSSIBLE

  • Reply 14 of 71
    Which troll was it that dismissed Apple's recent 2-3% lead in a poll as "within the margin of error"? What will they make of a Samsung lead of 0.34%?
  • Reply 15 of 71
    negafoxnegafox Posts: 480member


    The takeaway from this is that Samsung and Apple benefited from Nokia's loss in web usage market share. I wonder if Nokia switching to Windows Phone 8 had anything to do with this...

  • Reply 16 of 71


    This CANNOT be true.


    Whoever came up with this ANALysis are nothing more than a bunch of PAYED Samscum SHILLS and TROLLS.

  • Reply 17 of 71
    phone-ui-guyphone-ui-guy Posts: 1,018member
    Um, how is it Nokia is at the top until the start of 2013? This cannot be just smartphones. It would be a very liberal definition of smartphone if it is.
  • Reply 18 of 71
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 7,475member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton View Post



    Which troll was it that dismissed Apple's recent 2-3% lead in a poll as "within the margin of error"? What will they make of a Samsung lead of 0.34%?


     


    Do you really need to ask that question when you know what the answer will be?

  • Reply 19 of 71
    titantigertitantiger Posts: 238member


    Actually, it's due to two big factors:


     


     


    Quote:


    First, Cook relies on data provided every month by NetApplications, a Sunnyvale, Calif.--based outfit that counts the Web usage of both smartphones and tablets. StatCounter is counting only smartphones.


     


    Second, NetApplications weighs its data according the Internat usage in each country surveyed.


     


    StatCounter, by contrast, uses "no artificial weighting," as it proclaims proudly on its FAQ. In other words, data from a country with few Internet users (like Burma, where only 1.1% of the population is online) is treated the same as a country with heavy Internet usage (like Norway, where 95% of the population surfs the Web).


     


    http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2013/07/10/apple-samsung-internet-usage/




     


    In other words, StatCounter's measurements are BS, especially because of point two.

  • Reply 20 of 71
    cnocbuicnocbui Posts: 3,613member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by 1983 View Post



    Somewhat surprised by Samsung's sudden rapid rise in this department.




    It's those really big screens - you know those tens of millions of big screened phones that no one actually buys or uses that are sitting unsold in warehouses where they were shipped to, but not sold.


     


    Samsung are so sneaky they probably have robots in those warehouses accessing the internet on all those unsold devices just to drive up the stats.

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