Blackberry overtakes Apple iOS

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BlackBerry OS overtook Apple’s iOS for the first time in the UK and the US in November in terms of mobile internet usage according to web analytics company, StatCounter.

The company’s research arm, StatCounter Global Stats finds that for the first time in the UK the BlackBerry OS at 43.45% overtook Apple’s iOS which recorded 36.87% in November. US BlackBerry OS at 34.3% overtook Apple’s iOS which recorded 33% in November.

Google’s Android is rapidly gaining – more in the US than the UK – in the UK Android traffic has risen from 1.2% in June 2010 to 9.67% in November, in the US Android has almost tripled internet market share from 8.2% last November to 23.8% this year.

“These (US) figures suggest that developers should not be developing solely for the iPhone to the exclusion of BlackBerry and Android,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. He added that, if current trends continue, BlackBerry and Android combined are on course to become twice the size of iOS as regards mobile internet usage in the next year.

Commenting on Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 he said that it was not yet registering significantly in terms of internet usage but would be interesting to observe over the next year. “This data demonstrates that there is a battle royal already going on in the smartphone market for the consumer and business internet user. You can never underestimate Microsoft but it looks to have its work cut out.”

BlackBerry’s UK and US lead is not replicated in terms of worldwide share according to the StatCounter data. Globally Symbian OS leads with 31.9% followed by iOS (21.9%), BlackBerry OS (19.3%) and Android (11.6%).

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