updated 04:15 pm EST, Mon March 2, 2009
iPhone rules mobile web
The iPhone is by far the most dominant platform in terms of mobile web browsing, claims Net Applications. The tracking company notes that the iPhone's current marketshare is approximately 66.61 percent, greatly dwarfing the 9.06 percent of its next closest competition, phones using mobile Java browsers. Microsoft's Windows Mobile platform ranks in third with 6.91 percent, while Symbian phones account for 6.15 percent of mobile web traffic.
Said to be most significant in the statistics is the growth of Google's Android platform. Though only available to the public since the October release of the T-Mobile G1, so far the only Android phone, it has already claimed status as the fifth-most popular platform at 6.15 percent. By contrast, the long-established Palm format has dwindled to just 2.37 percent. RIM's BlackBerry platform represents only 2.24 percent, but Net Applications notes that it too has been growing rapidly.
The browsing landscape may be poised to changed rapidly within the next few months, as RIM's Bold and Storm BlackBerries gain penetration and Palm attempts to revitalize itself with the Pre. More Android phones are anticipated in the near future, and Apple is expected to fight back with another iPhone sometime in the summer, most likely around the time of a summer WWDC event.