Android overtakes BlackBerry for first time

8 Mar 2011

Google’s Android mobile operating system overtook RIM’s BlackBerry globally for the first time on a monthly basis in February, according to web analytics company StatCounter.

StatCounter Global Stats finds that Android recorded 15.2pc of the worldwide market compared to 14.5pc for BlackBerry. Nokia’s Symbian still leads the global market with 30.7pc, with Apple iOS in second place, with 24.6pc.

“The momentum is certainly with Android, which has almost tripled its market share over the last 12 months from 5.4pc to 15.2pc,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. In the same period, iOS fell globally from 33.9pc to 24.6pc.

In North America, Android at 26.4pc in February also overtook BlackBerry at 22.2pc. iOS leads the North American market with 37.5pc. Compared to its global presence, Symbian is well back in North America, with 5.7pc.

Use of mobile to access internet more than doubles over past year

StatCounterdata also pinpoints the rise and rise of mobile devices to access the internet. The use of mobile to access the Internet compared to desktop has more than doubled worldwide from 1.72pc a year ago to 4.45pc today.

The same trend is evident in the US, with mobile internet usage more than doubling over the past year, from 2.59pc to 6.32pc.

StatCounter Global Stats are based on aggregate data collected on a sample exceeding 15bn page views per month from the StatCounter network of more than 3m websites.


John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years