iPhone Web Stats

The iPhone edged out the entirety of all Windows CE-based devices in web usage according to data provided by Market Share at Hitslink.com. The iPhone came in at #10 with 0.09%, whereas Windows CE weighed in at 0.06% for #11. You read that, Dieter? We're #10! We're #10! The iPod on their list, which I'm forced to assume is the iPod Touch, shows up at around 0.01%. We're #10 and #20! We're #10 and #20!

Of course, the list is dominated by the big desktop operating systems, but there are a few other interesting gems on the list: The Sidekick / Hiptop shows up at #13 with 0.02%, and Nokia's S60 Symbian OS shows up at #14 with 0.01%. The PSP just edges out the iPod Touch for #19 at 0.01%, and what appears to be a mobile version of Apple's WebCore shows up again at #24 with 0.00% -- possibly one of Nokia's internet tablet devices.

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Dieter Bohn says:

Here's the WMExperts reply!
Alright, we'll make this an official Round Robin thread, because it's fun to pit smartphones against each other! Heck, we even combined the comment threads on the two articles for more enjoyable smackery.

Dieter Bohn says:

excellent question. No idea - PalmOS hardware doesn't seem to show.
I do see that NetFront (basis of Blazer) does have .01% of the overall browser share...

Doc31 says:

just seems hard to believe. I guess it you ask the right question you get the answer you want to hear.

Antoine of MMM says:

The numbers might be off, but they should be correct. Remember, most of the iPhone's allure is in applications based on using the web browser. And while it might be that a ton of folks might have been jailbreaking their devices, there are many more that have not and are using it just as it was designed to. Making more sites get more impressions from more users.
The numbers just mean that Internet on the iPhone is better than it is on WM, and that just brutal honesty, nothing that statistics need to help contribute towards.

murrayalex says:

well said Antoine...it's true folks, you may have the latest and greatest o/s via WM6 but the browser is soooooo 90's it should have a shellsuit skin option.

Stig says:

Nokia's S60 Symbian OS shows up at #14 with 0.01%.
Symbian has a great browser. I'll miss it when I move from my Nokia E61 to a WM6 phone. Even Opera Mini is poor by comparison.

marcol says:

The iPhone edged out the entirety of all Windows CE-based devices in web usage according to data provided by Market Share at Hitslink.com. The iPhone came in at #10 with 0.09%, whereas Windows CE weighed in at 0.06% for #11.
iPhone browser use seems to be growing at a pace. For the whole of December iPhone = 0.12%, for last two days 0.17%. WinCE is still 0.06% (whole of December figure).
http://marketshare.hitslink.com/report.aspx?qprid=10http://marketshare.hitslink.com/articles.aspx
If we assume that WinCE install base is something like 5-10x that of iPhone these figures point to the typical iPhone user clocking something like 10-30x the browser usage of the typical WinCE user.

Fred333 says:

Would have to agree that the iphone usage with do nothing but go up especially after the holidays.

PSB22 says:

Some other ponderables...
1) What about the applications that use safari to run? If any of these (e-mail, RSS readers?) are pinging websites and identifying themselves as safari, that can add up to some serious traffic. Does iTunes wireless purchasing work via safari?
2) As stated, a lot of WM users rely on other browsers, namely opera, minimo, and hacking PIE to identify itself as IE6 (for banking sites etc).
3) Maybe iPhone just appeals to a market that does more surfing than actual work (like push e-mail on the blackberry)? Betcha total internet traffic on WM6 devices outnumbers iPhone by a LOT. Wonder what the traffic #s for Verizon vs. AT&T are in terms of ave bytes per user per month?

marcol says:

1) What about the applications that use safari to run? If any of these (e-mail, RSS readers?) are pinging websites and identifying themselves as safari, that can add up to some serious traffic. Does iTunes wireless purchasing work via safari?
[INDENT]"We use a unique methodology for collecting this data. We collect data from the browsers of site visitors to our exclusive on-demand network of live stats customers. The data is compiled from approximately 160 million visitors per month. The information published is an aggregate of the data from this network of hosted website statistics. The site unique visitor and referral information is summarized on a monthly basis."[/INDENT]
More here:
http://marketshare.hitslink.com/
I don't know but I'd be very surprised iTunes was part of the "exclusive on-demand network of live stats customers".
2) As stated, a lot of WM users rely on other browsers, namely opera, minimo, and hacking PIE to identify itself as IE6 (for banking sites etc).
3) Maybe iPhone just appeals to a market that does more surfing than actual work (like push e-mail on the blackberry)? Betcha total internet traffic on WM6 devices outnumbers iPhone by a LOT.
Do have any numbers at all to back this up?

Ram Krishnan says:

I have updated the statistics about iPhone browsing and the numbers are even more amazing! Read about it in my latest blog entry:
http://mobilebroadbandblog.wordpress.com/2008/08/28/does-iphone-increase...