Global mobile split between Apple’s iOS and Symbian

Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac “December began with an blizzard, dumping heavy and dense piles of StatCounter web analytics about mobile users, each offering an apparently contradictory look at which vendors were ahead in the race to blanket the world with mobile devices,” Daniel Eran Dilger reports for AppleInsider.

“Reports of data culled from web analytics firms like StatCounter only take into account web traffic, and aren’t able to monitor how phones are being used,” Dilger reports. “They can also offer misleading slices of accurate data that are nearly meaningless to the market because they overrate the importance of a headline-grabbing detail while ignoring surrounding facts of greater significance.”

Dilger reports, “Apple has rapidly rolled out both device sales and its App Store to more countries than Android Market, BlackBerry App World, and Microsoft’s previous Windows Marketplace for Mobile or its fledgling Windows Phone 7 app store. This has enabled Apple to take the market share lead in mobile devices away from Symbian in a variety of key markets. Pingdom’s stats show the iOS has taken the lead across North America, Australia, and even Symbian’s home turf of Europe. Symbian still leads in Asia, Africa and South America…”

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  1. Statistics about web traffic are becoming less and less relevant. More and more data consumption is occurring through applications compared to actual web-site browsing. Consequently, expect to see iOS web-browsing decrease in comparison to other platforms, even while iOS data consumption and application use increase.

    In other words, if your non-iOS platform shows an increase in web browsing percentage compared to iOS, it’s probably because your application and browser ecology remains immature and inefficient. It’s not something to brag about.

  2. Symbian leads in markets like Asia, Africa and South America, but:
    • Makes little money
    • Is never an aspirational purchase
    • Has few apps

    If you’re a provider, though, you probably love it, though. Less usage of internet data, so less demand on your network. Perfect for poorer parts of the world, like, um…Asia, Africa and South America!

  3. @Grrrilla

    “if your non-iOS platform shows an increase in web browsing percentage compared to iOS, it’s probably because your application and browser ecology remains immature and inefficient.”

    Very insightful comment. I hadn’t really thought of it this way, but my iOS Internet usage is demonstrated much more than by how much I use Safari.

  4. Traditional web analysis methods are quickly becoming recessive parts of internet pie charts (the accurate ones, at least). We are firmly in the middle of a major transition away from what will ultimately be recognized as the 20th century paradigm of net usage concepts as app-based web activity is quickly becoming the preferred and, arguably, most efficient and useful way to use the internet.

    With this understanding, an analyst worth anything would easily recognize just where Apple fits in the scheme of things- clearly it has dominant market share in the new, emerging paradigm of apps where search is evidently losing ground.

  5. Apple would have a unfair advantage with mobile phone statistics based on web access. Typical iPhone users would use their phone for web access much more frequently than Symbian users. And are they able to distinguish iPod touch access from iPhone access?

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