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Accessing the Internet by mobile device doubled in 2011, data shows

John Cox | Feb. 8, 2012
Over the past 12 months, mobile access to the Internet nearly doubled to 8.5%, not counting tablets, according to data released this week by StatCounter, a Web analytics company.

In North America, Apple held nearly two-thirds of the share, rising from 47.5% to nearly 60% last month. RIM's share dropped from 34% to 11% in the same period. Samsung doubled its share from about 6% to 12%. Nokia ended the year where it began: around 6%, a tie with HTC.

StatCounter has also announced that new stats regarding mobile vendors are now available on its Global Stats website. The firm has been compiling and refining these stats for some time and has now made the beta project public. Based on initial research covering all traffic to the StatCounter network, Nokia leads worldwide, most probably driven by its dominance in India. Apple is second globally but leads the U.S. and U.K. markets. In the U.K. RIM is second only to Apple.


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