Mobile Browsing Explodes in December, Android Big Winner With 54.8% Gain

Mobile browsing now accounts for 1.3% of all web browsing, according to the latest figures released by NetApplications yesterday. A brief post on their web site claims that mobile devices were the biggest usage share winners this past holiday season. All major mobile operating systems attained large percentage gains; with Android leading the pack obtaining twice the gain of the competition!

Browsing by Device Category Trend

1.3% market share might not seem like a lot at first, but when you think that’s more than half of Opera’s market share, it really helps put that figure in perspective. These are the numbers for each of the leading mobile platforms:

Mobile O/S Percentage Gain (November – December)
Android +54.8%
Blackberry +22.2%
iPhone +20.1%
Symbian +19.0%
Java ME +15.6%

A detailed look at Android’s worldwide trend, shows solid growth throughout the year, but a definitive spike on Novemeber and December, indisputably ignited by US events like Droid’s ad campaign, the holiday offers on most Android devices and the fact that is now carried by 3 of the 4 nationwide mobile operators.

Browsing trend for Android

Net Applications measures browser usage share by tracking the systems used to visit the 40,000 sites it monitors for clients, which results in a pool of about 160 million unique visitors per month. Their numbers have been widely used to measure the pulse of browser usage trends.

About author

AndroidGuys 4641 posts

Founded on November 5, 2007, we've enjoyed bringing you the latest in Android news and rumors. Updated daily, we strive to deliver reviews, opinions, and updates on all things related to Android.

You might also like

News and Rumors

NAVIGON Releases Android Update 3.5.3

Remember on Black Friday when Navigon’s GPS map went down to only $39.99? Well, now the new update (3.5.3) is available, and they are releasing it at the same promotional

News and Rumors

A Few Droid Eris Tidbits

The more we hear about the Droid Eris, the more we believe our initial assumption will hold true.  This phone will likely end up being a Verizon-branded version of the

News and Rumors

News Republic among first apps optimized for Google TV

Mobiles Republic has become one of the first developers to optimize their Android application around the updated Google TV experience.  Starting this week, those of you with Google TV devices


  1. Rene
    January 03, 16:36 Reply

    "3 of the 4 nationwide mobile operators."

    Which nation? Or more to the point, which numbers are US Market en which are global? It really messes with statistics when mixing local and global numbers.

  2. Stacey
    January 03, 17:06 Reply

    I think the point was to show how Android is beating out the competition. Especially now that Google is releasing the Nexus One which surpasses the Iphone in many ways and matches it in all others. Iphone has nothing that beats it with the exception of Itunes and more apps, but the Android apps are coming, you just have to give them time to develop them :-)

  3. Juan Gomez
    January 03, 19:01 Reply

    You're right Rene, my Bad!

    But it's fixed now, thanks for your observations.
    Just to clear it out a little bit though, figures are worldwide, but it's undeniable that US events affected the chart a lot, hence my remarks about it; hope they have a little bit more context now.

  4. Sam
    January 04, 18:59 Reply

    Good news, but I hate statistic articles because they're always misleading. Android went up 54%, iPhones went up 20.1%…that's fine. But (and I don't have the numbers, so I'll make these up) say there's an installed base of 50mil iPhones and an installed base of 10mil Android phones. These gains indicate that 10mil additional iPhones were sold and 5mil additional Android phones were sold. Even though 54% sounds a lot more impressive when taken out of perspective, it's not when you look at the big picture. I'm assuming that 90% of the Android gains are directly due to the release of the Droid.

  5. farhad
    July 07, 07:33 Reply

    whoa thanks man, i never read about this before..

Leave a Reply