Samsung Galaxy S4 can’t prop up slipping Android web share

Philip Elmer Dewitt:

Although Apple (AAPL) hasn’t released a new iPad or iPhone in seven months, and Samsung claims it shipped 10 million new Galaxy S4s in May, Android’s Web share slipped a bit month over month while Apple’s edged up, according to a NetApplications report issued Saturday.

[Editor’s note – the original version of this post said “Android market share.” Corrected to reflect web share instead.]

  • tylernol


  • I love you guys but that headline is as misleading as many from other sites that you call out. “Web share” != “market share”

    • Adam Geo

      (Web share == usage share) > (market share == new phone cause contract ran out)

      • Doesn’t mean the headline isn’t misleading

  • Jack

    Samsung is doomed, fire the CEOs.


    NetMarketShare has the habit of changing its metrics without telling any one. They normalize their data with Internet population of each country.

    So When Java Phones go up in a month, it usually means they added more Indians and Chinese into formula.

    Don’t get excited. Wait for few more months to normalize then you will see growth or not.

  • Pick a stat and you too can win! Pfft.

    This means nothing. None of the stats do. Apple and Google both get what they want out of their mobile OS.

    • Sebastian Paul

      Yeah, but that part of the general public that cares for stuff like smartphones market/usageshares is still saying that Google is winning and Apple losing, which simply isn’t true.

      I don’t think Apple would complain about having the marketshare of Android (until this would force them to open some parts of iOS due to having a “monopoly” on mobile), but if they had to choose between being the most proftitable company on earth and having never gained a single buck from their mobile OS (Google had to pay money to acquire Android, Google has to pay for Android development, Google paid lots of money for Motorola – but Android is not meant to bring in money, it’s meant to strengthen their ecosystem) – guess which one Apple would choose.

      • The general public cares not about market or usage. They care about getting the phone that fits them based on price, design, abilities, etc. If Windows Phone fits them, they get it. After that one if it doesn’t, they switch. It isn’t about stats to the general public or even hardcore users.

        Who and why does Google pay for Android dev? Yes, they bought the OS just as Apple bought a ton of talent and tech for iOS [touch screen, maps, etc].

        If Google wanted profit, they wouldn’t have opened it up. If Apple wanted marketshare, they would allow others to build devices. Neither wants the other so they are getting what they want.

        Lastly, why guess what Apple would choose? Apple and Google have both chosen and are being successful.

  • android market share is proportional to its webshare. All the claims that android has huge market share come from PR firms like gartner, and IDC who are paid to provide “analysis” showing that android is winning.

    Google, Amazon, Samsung, etc, do not report actual sales numbers– like Apple does.

    They just pay for press releases claiming they are dominating Apple.

    Reality is- they aren’t.

    Think I’m wrong? Prove it. Show me verifiable actual sales numbers for android devices. You can’t of course because the only time we find those out is when companies are forced to.

    Samsung was forced to reveal actual sales in teh lawsuit with Apple– they were pitiful.

  • Kriztyan

    As long as there is a thriving developer environment for iOS/Mac, I don’t really care what the others use/suffer. I have had to deal with Windows, and not even Windows 7-8 are remotely close to being OSX. I suspect that Android is similar in the same respect. Good enough, but far from the best. I can’t really tell, because I have not had the need to even evaluate it.

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