Net Applications: Apple’s iOS Web share hit 65.9% in August
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FORTUNE Although shipments of phones running Googles GOOG Android operating system left Apples AAPL iPhone in the dust this summer 68.1% to 16.9% according to IDCs market share estimates for Q2 that dominance is not reflected on the Web accordingto two leading mobile analytics services,Net Applications and StatCounter.
Net Applications, which monitors hits on its 40,000 client sites and weighs the results based on population statistics, issued areportSaturday that showed Apples iOS dominating the mobile Web with a record 65.94% share. Android trailed far behind at 20.93%, although its growth year over year was faster (31% to 24.3% for iOS).
StatCounter, whichdoesnt count tablets as mobile devices and does not weigh its survey results as Net Applications does (We simply publish the data as we record it, itsfact sheetboasts)showed Android retaking the lead it enjoyed briefly last summer (see chart below). According to StatCounters latest survey, Androids Web share surged to 28% in Augustwhile iOS (without the iPad) drifted down to 24.5%.
Neither method is perfect both have their vocal critics and adding the iPad into StatCounters data would shift things significantly in Apples favor. But why Androids Web share isnt higher in either survey remains a mystery.
StatCounters chart below: