Although Apple’s share of worldwide mobile Web usage slipped from 28.67 percent in January 2012 to 25.86 percent last month, Nokia suffered a far greater year-over-year decline, plummeting from 37.67 percent to 22.15 percent–a fall of 15.52 percentage points. Android OEM Samsung Electronics also eclipsed Nokia over the last 12 months, increasing its Internet usage share from 14.84 percent in January 2012 to 22.69 percent.
“It’s good and bad news for Apple,” said StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen. “Apple has been handed the number one spot despite its falling usage share. A decline in Nokia usage from January 2012 to January 2013 means the Finnish company ceded the top spot to Apple. Samsung, in contrast to Apple, has seen an increase in its usage share since January 2012.”
Looking at the U.S. market, Apple far outpaces the competition, dominating about 53 percent of mobile Web usage nationwide, down from 60 percent a year ago. Samsung follows a distant second at 14 percent, ahead of HTC at 7 percent; both manufacturers made narrow gains over the previous year.
StatCounter data is based on over 15 billion page views per month across a network of more than 3 million websites. The firm notes that Apple’s mobile statistics include the iPhone and iPod touch but not the iPad tablet.