“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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