Android surpasses iOS web usage for the very first time



As long as Android has controlled worldwide market share, it’s never quite been able to match iOS in terms of web usage. That has finally changed, though, with the latest report from Net Applications suggesting Android has surpassed Apple’s platform in that regard. So what does this mean?

For starters, this effectively squashes the notion that people buy Android devices only to regret having to take it out of their pocket. Android users are doing more on their devices, something that can be attributed to better apps and better access to data (4G being made available pretty much everywhere).

What can this do for Android in turn? More web usage means more potential ad impressions. More potential ad impressions means more money for developers. More money for developers means more developers will stop treating Android like a second rate operating system. That all means better and more apps for users.

It’s a conundrum of goodness that can only gain more and more positive momentum as the months and years move on, and it’s that kind of ecosystem that has helped Android dominate since its arrival in 2008. In short, Android is doing better than ever, and we’re loving it.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. How about android owners are more productive at work, android is more efficient and doesn’t waste bandwidth, android has great data compression?

  2. I may be mistaken, but I always attributed this to the use of widgets on Android. If the info you seek is there on your home screen there is no need to launch a browser. Does the data fed to a widget, count as web usage? I don’t believe it does.

  3. One of the things I look forward to telling my children..or the witnessing of the debut of Android..and how it has grown to dominate all OSs in the world…

    1. I hope you’re kidding as I’m hoping there’s more grand things for us to tell our offspring.

    2. You may be able to tell them one day…but since Android looks to be the new Windows (in terms of market domination)…you may not get a favourable response as you tell them. I doubt anyone tells their kid with pride how DOS/Windows first took off.

  4. Cue #EvilLaugh


    Anyone else see a nice tie in with the new TMNT movie?

    “Go Andy Go Andy Go!”…

    1. The regular Ninja Turtles were way better. These fucking dicks that call themselves the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are more annoying and cocky than 1990’s football jocks.

  5. “Android users are doing more on their devices” – well what does this mean. Android outsells iOS about 4 to 1 so wouldn’t you expect that number to rise. This does not necessarily more users are using their devices more. You could argue the same for iOS…that with a smaller percentage of sales people use their iOS devices a lot more than Android users. Just saying is all.

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