Google’s Android mobile operating system has overtaken Apple’s iOS for web browsing in the US and Canada, but iOS is still the world leader, latest figures show.
Figures released by US-based Chitika Analytics show that in December, Android’s share of mobile browsing in North America increased 5.5% to 51.6% while iOS dropped 5.2% to 46.5%.
Figures from NetMarketShare show that worldwide, Apple’s iOS maintained a strong lead with a 52% market share, followed by Java ME used for Nokia’s Symbian OS and Samsung’s Bada OS with 21.27%, and Android in third place with a 16.2% share.
Although methodologies may differ, for example on whether or not they include tablet computers and Amazon Kindle’s, the rapid growth in Android browsing in North America is supported by various other sources according to The Guardian.
Andy Rubin, the head of Google's Android mobile division, tweeted on 20 December that the company was seeing 700,000 activations of Google Android devices a day, the paper said. A week later he tweeted that 3.7m Google Android devices were activated on 24 and 25 December.
Data from jobs site Freelancer.com shows a faster growth in Android-related jobs of 33% in the fourth quarter of 2011 to 2,454, compared with 18% growth in iPhone-related jobs to 3,682.
Jobs involving the iPad rose by 22%, while jobs for BlackBerry were up just 2% and jobs for Symbian and Windows Phone did not register.
At current growth rates, Freelancer.com predicts that Android jobs will be close to overtaking iOS jobs by the end of 2012.