Samsung has overtaken Apple globally for the first time to take number one spot in terms of Internet usage. The latest data comes from website analytics firm StatCounter, which charted the changes between all different devices, operating systems, and browsers over the last 12 months (between July 2012 and June 2013).
Nokia led globally in terms of Internet usage 12 months ago, although Apple surpassed it in February. In June 2013, however, Samsung (25.47 percent) leapfrogged both Apple (25.09 percent) and Nokia (21.96p percent) to take the lead. Those numbers are for worldwide use: in the US and UK, Apple remains the clear leader, at least according to StatCounter. As you can see in the chart above, however, Samsung’s lead may not last for long.
Almost every mobile market share study shows that the iOS browser is used significantly more than the Android browser, meaning mobile traffic cannot be reliably used as a metric for device adoption. Nevertheless, these studies are mainly focused on the US market, and StatCounter is claiming here that Samsung has surpassed Apple globally in Internet usage share.