Apple and Samsung overtake Nokia for mobile internet usage

4 Feb 2013

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Both Apple and Samsung have climbed ahead of Nokia to take first and second place respectively in terms of most popular vendor for internet usage, new StatCounter research indicates.

According to StatCounter, Apple dislodged Nokia in January in terms of global internet usage on mobile devices.

Samsung also climbed ahead of Nokia to take second place behind Apple on a worldwide basis.

In January 2013, Apple led globally for the first time in terms of internet usage with 25.86pc, ahead of Samsung (22.69pc) and Nokia (22.15pc).

Good and bad news for Apple

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“It’s good and bad news for Apple,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. “Apple has been handed the No 1 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.”

He added: “Samsung, in contrast to Apple, has seen an increase in its usage share since January 2012.”

According to StatCounter data, Apple’s worldwide internet usage share fell from 28.67pc in January 2012 to 25.86pc in the same month this year. Samsung rose from 14.84pc to 22.69pc over the same period. Nokia fell from 37.67pc to 22.15pc.

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Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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