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Android web share tapers as iPhone rise continues

updated 01:15 pm EDT, Mon June 1, 2009

Android vs. iPhone on web

Although the usage of Android for web browsing is continuing to increase, that growth has slowed substantially, figures from Net Applications are said to show. Some six months after launch -- through devices like the T-Mobile G1 -- the OS came to represent 0.0783 percent of the web market, a slight rise from the previous month's share of 0.0728. Growth has remained relatively modest since Android's fourth month however, no longer rising in bounds.

The fourth month was also unique in that Android surpassed the iPhone for the first and only time, in spite of the latter's 2007 debut. The iPhone has typically encountered sharper growth, especially within the last month of tracking; web share jumped from 0.0729 percent to 0.0896. Both platforms are disproportionately popular on the web, though, with the iPhone in particular accounting for 43 percent of ad traffic while only representing 8 percent of smartphones. Android units account for only 1 percent of smartphones, but 3 percent of ad viewing.

by MacNN Staff



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