Android Drives 5% Of Smartphone Web Traffic


Six months ago, the T-Mobile G1 didn’t exist. Today, the device is responsible for 5% of all mobile web traffic from smartphones. While that’s certainly an impressive number, the iPhone still towers over Android, RIM, WinMo and Palm with 50% of the market. And to be honest, it drives more than all 4 of those combined:


Keep in mind that this is based on United States statistics. If you widen the perspective and look at global mobile web usage it’s Nokia’s Symbian platform that dominates with 43% of the entire market. And while THAT seems impressive, six months prior they were at 64% – there seems to be a change of the guard as RIM and Windows Mobile are on the way to, “I shunk your battleship.” Palm could be in that same boat, but it appears they’re close to bailing themselves out with the Palm Pre and what operating system better to take them into the web age than webOS?

Here is a look at the global marketshare numbers:


Oh my gosh golly gee, Android doesn’t appear on the global scale?

  • It is SLOWLY being rolled out Internationally
  • It will soon be available on the world’s largest carrier

When Android lands on China Mobile it could REALLY shake up the global picture. China Mobile has over 400 Million Subscribers, more than all the United States Carriers combined. If Android is as popular in China as many think it could be, and if we see at least 3-4 new Android Phones in the next 6 months, we could be looking at a VERY different chart come holiday season.

[Via TechCrunch]

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  1. Fascinating stats — thanks for posting the article.

  2. Interesting numbers.
    It’s funny how people are saying that the platform is no longer ‘Windows’ but the browser but everyone seems to care so much about the OS on smart phones while collecting market share data on these smart phones using a browser rather than sales data.

    Will the OS really matter for smart phones?

    What compelling app is there on an iphone? Hundreds of thousands of apps sure, but any that would make me buy an iphone over an Android based handset or any of the others?

    The devices out there might be more important.

  3. I can’t believe that many people still use the Sidekick II, though I guess it’s possible enough of them just never made the switch the the SK3 or the other ones they released thereafter.

  4. @ Sherbo
    Most likely 70% of those iPhone browsers [the people] not looking at it in terms of OS, functionality, or usefulness they are in all probability only in it for the trendiness of Apple products. A good example of that is the Sidekick line of phones; they are utterly useless in the market of a ‘Smart phone’ (which leads to the question of why is it even on these charts?) Perhaps this is a chart of trendiness, rather than the internet usage of smart phones.

  5. Jake: Are you using Android for the trendiness of it? Question stings a little, right? The numbers aren’t discussing what’s ‘trendy’ or not – they are simply showing the facts of usage. Whether you ike the Sidekick or not, it’s accessing the internet – yes, the same internet you seem to coddle as your own, the one you use in all of your ‘untrendy’ adventures – and THAT is why it’s included in these charts. Use your phone and be happy – don’t bother accusing people using the web of being ‘trendy’. Don’t be mad because the iPhone functions well and a lot of people use it. What’s the point of all of this other than that? It’s so tiresome to see people just flat out blindly judge other gadget enthusiasts of being suddenly stupid or trendy because they use a different brand than you. Wake up and smell the facts, Jack: If you’re using Android, you’re the one arriving late to the ‘trendy’ internet party. I’m glad you made it, despite your snobbery.

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