Apple overtakes Nokia in global mobile web usage for first time

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in iPhone edited January 2014
According to new statistics released on Monday, Apple's share of global mobile internet usage surpassed that of Nokia's in the fourth quarter of 2012, making the Cupertino company the number one mobile web presence in the world.


Source: StatCounter Global Stats - Mobile Vendor (Beta) Market Share

The findings come from Web analytics firm StatCounter, which saw Apple dethrone Nokia in January for the first time ever as the once-dominant vendor's marketshare dropped over 15 percent year-over-year. It should be noted that tablet computers like the iPad were not counted in the study, though Apple's iPod touch and other portable devices were included.

While a majority of top ten vendors saw declines over 2012, including Apple's net loss from 28.67 percent to 25.86 percent at the end of last month, Nokia suffered the greatest drop-off, slipping from 37.67 percent of the market to 22.15 percent. Of the top three vendors, Samsung showed the only 12-month gain, rising from 14.84 percent to 22.69 percent over the same period. The performance was enough to see the Korean company squeeze past Nokia to retain the number two spot overall.

?It?s good and bad news for Apple,? said StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen. ?Apple has been handed the number one spot despite its falling usage share. A decline in Nokia usage from January 2012 to January 2013 means the Finnish company ceded the top spot to Apple. Samsung, in contrast to Apple, has seen an increase in its usage share since January 2012.?

The analytics company's research arm, StatCounter Global Stats, compiled the data based on over 15 billion page views per month to the StatCounter network of more than three million websites.

It was reported at the end of January that Apple's iPhone accounted for 25.1 percent of all smartphones worldwide as shipments rose 46.9 percent to 136.8 million units in 2012, up from 93.1 million in 2011.
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  • Reply 1 of 21
    taniwhataniwha Posts: 347member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post



    According to new statistics released on Monday, Apple's share of global mobile internet usage surpassed that of Nokia's in the fourth quarter of 2012, making the Cupertino company the number one mobile web presence in the world.




     



    Source: StatCounter Global Stats - Mobile Vendor (Beta) Market Share


     





    The findings come from Web analytics firm StatCounter, which saw Apple dethrone Nokia in January for the first time ever as the once-dominant vendor's marketshare dropped over 15 percent year-over-year. It should be noted that tablet computers like the iPad were not counted in the study, though Apple's iPod touch and other portable devices were included.



    While a majority of top ten vendors saw declines over 2012, including Apple's net loss from 28.67 percent to 25.86 percent at the end of last month, Nokia suffered the greatest drop-off, slipping from 37.67 percent of the market to 22.15 percent. Of the top three vendors, Samsung showed the only 12-month gain, rising from 14.84 percent to 22.69 percent over the same period. The performance was enough to see the Korean company squeeze past Nokia to retain the number two spot overall.



    ?It?s good and bad news for Apple,? said StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen. ?Apple has been handed the number one spot despite its falling usage share. A decline in Nokia usage from January 2012 to January 2013 means the Finnish company ceded the top spot to Apple. Samsung, in contrast to Apple, has seen an increase in its usage share since January 2012.?



    The analytics company's research arm, StatCounter Global Stats, compiled the data based on over 15 billion page views per month to the StatCounter network of more than three million websites.


    I rather think Nokia dethroned itself without ANY help from Apple, but with a lot of help from their delusional CEO.

  • Reply 2 of 21
    jason98jason98 Posts: 763member


    Nokia was on top and now it is second? This is kind of a mega BS.


     


    What about these stats? Symbian is so near 0% that it is not even funny.


  • Reply 3 of 21
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 20,754member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jason98 View Post


    Nokia was on top and now it is second? This is kind of a mega BS.


     


    What about these stats? Symbian is so near 0% that it is not even funny.




    The chart you show includes both tablet and smartphone usage. The data from StatCounter, used in this article, excludes tablets. There's quite a difference when restricted to iPhones/iPods, and small mobile devices on other platforms.

  • Reply 4 of 21
    blackbookblackbook Posts: 1,361member
    And the demands from analyst for a low cost plastic iPhone will now continue.
  • Reply 5 of 21
    slurpyslurpy Posts: 5,154member


    Wait, but I thought Apple was washed out? yesterday's news? In a freefall? Being eroded? Losing? That's what all the headlines are telling me. 

  • Reply 6 of 21
    LOL: Unknown browser is on a steady rise. What is this mystery browser???
  • Reply 7 of 21
    gatorguy wrote: »
    The chart you show includes both tablet and smartphone usage. The data from StatCounter, used in this article, excludes tablets. There's quite a difference when restricted to iPhones/iPods, and small mobile devices on other platforms.

    A difference that will make its share go from ~25% to the low single digits!? jason98 is exactly right: Bogus statistics is more like it.

    Lol. It must be nice, the world you inhabit.....
  • Reply 8 of 21
    jfanningjfanning Posts: 3,390member
    jason98 wrote: »
    Nokia was on top and now it is second? This is kind of a mega BS.

    What about these stats? Symbian is so near 0% that it is not even funny.

    The article says "global mobile internet usage", Nokia made more devices than just Symbian based ones that could access/use the internet.
  • Reply 9 of 21
    ifij775ifij775 Posts: 470member


    Remember WAP? Yea, it's so over.

  • Reply 10 of 21
    nikon133nikon133 Posts: 2,600member
    jfanning wrote: »
    The article says "global mobile internet usage", Nokia made more devices than just Symbian based ones that could access/use the internet.

    I'm surprised so many people were using Nokia Symbian devices for Internet access in a first place... weird.
  • Reply 11 of 21
    zozmanzozman Posts: 392member


    So many differing & contradicting stats these firms keep releasing...

  • Reply 12 of 21


    Samsung will overtake Apple in the long run because it doesn't restrict what the phone owners can do with them. When jailbreaking iPhones, iPods, and iPads no longer voids warranties then Apple will grow faster.


     


    Of course Samsung could screw up in a big way when they introduce their own proprietary OS for phones. If it is too buggy Apple will destroy them.

     

  • Reply 13 of 21
    blackbookblackbook Posts: 1,361member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Smallwheels View Post


    Samsung will overtake Apple in the long run because it doesn't restrict what the phone owners can do with them. When jailbreaking iPhones, iPods, and iPads no longer voids warranties then Apple will grow faster.


     


    Of course Samsung could screw up in a big way when they introduce their own proprietary OS for phones. If it is too buggy Apple will destroy them.

     



     


    The iPhones main selling point to the average buyer is you DON'T HAVE TO JAILBREAK IT. It JUST WORKS. That's also one of the primary reasons people move from Android to iOS because it JUST WORKS.

  • Reply 14 of 21
    stelligentstelligent Posts: 2,680member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Taniwha View Post


    I rather think Nokia dethroned itself without ANY help from Apple, but with a lot of help from their delusional CEO.





    Maybe you can try making your astute, meaningful and edifying comments without citing the entire article and wasting screen space (not to mention energy, etc.).

  • Reply 15 of 21

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    Originally Posted by Taniwha View Post


    I rather think Nokia dethroned itself without ANY help from Apple, but with a lot of help from their delusional CEO.





    Delusional? That guy who was CIO of a bankrupted company, then CEO of a company that got bought out, then Head of the Division that pushed out Microsoft "Ribbon" Office?


    Impossible.

  • Reply 16 of 21

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    Originally Posted by stelligent View Post




    Maybe you can try making your astute, meaningful and edifying comments without citing the entire article and wasting screen space (not to mention energy, etc.).





    Bad mood today?

  • Reply 17 of 21

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    Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton View Post



    LOL: Unknown browser is on a steady rise. What is this mystery browser???




    /me releases Firefox clone with "Unknown Browser" identifier to muddy up stats.

  • Reply 18 of 21
    stelligentstelligent Posts: 2,680member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Slurpy View Post


    Wait, but I thought Apple was washed out? yesterday's news? In a freefall? Being eroded? Losing? That's what all the headlines are telling me. 





    Total exaggeration.

  • Reply 19 of 21
    stelligentstelligent Posts: 2,680member

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    Originally Posted by lightknight View Post




    Bad mood today?





    Not at all. I just don't understand why someone would quote the entire article just to make a snarky remark. Thanks to him, we get to see the article twice.

  • Reply 20 of 21
    froodfrood Posts: 771member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Smallwheels View Post


     


    Of course Samsung could screw up in a big way when they introduce their own proprietary OS for phones. If it is too buggy Apple will destroy them.

     



     


      Should be interesting to watch.  Samsung doesn't have a proprietary OS.  They had Bada for a while, and didn't gain much traction with it.  They gave up and gave Bada to the open source Tizen project.  Samsung does plan on releasing a Tizen phone in 2013, but at the same time it is not going to stop making Android phones or Windows phones for that matter either. 


     


       Tizen is largely a hedge in case Google starts to show Android favoritism with Motorola.  Motorola was partly a hedge by Google in case Samsung shifted to Bada (which was around well before Google acquired Moto).


     


       My guess on how it plays out is pretty simply Android wins (over Tizen).  Samsung has already hinted it wants a more closed ecosystem and if they head in that direction their users won't use that system.  As long as they continue to make Android phones in parallel and keep selling those Samsung will be fine.  If they actually try to ditch Androind (they won't) it would just be great news for HTC and Motorola.  I think its a big part of why Microsoft is failing (barring the hideous user interface on Windows 8).  A lot of people already have a negative perception of MS from when they were on top and just tried to litigate and stifle competition.  Now they are trying to go to a closed system because, hey, that's what worked for Apple.  People who are good with a closed system will stick to Apple.  People who like open will stick to Android.  Trying to be both generally results in failure on both ends of the spectrum.  If Sammy goes the other way and tries to fork its own closed version of Android, it will fail.  Nobody loves Samsung.  They love the openness of Android, and Samsung builds some of the best Android phones.  If I'm ever going to be locked in a closed system again it will be Apple before Microsoft and certainly before Samsung.

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