SAMSUNG claimed another victory in the global smartphone war today, with statistics showing its phones have overtaken Apple iPhones in web use for the first time.
After a tough battle over the past year, Samsung narrowly edged out its major rival just last month, according to web analytics firm StatCounter, which measured traffic to more than three million websites for its internet Wars Report: Winners and Losers.
Samsung’s win was a slender one, however, with Samsung phone users making up 25.47 per cent of mobile phone web traffic, beating Apple and its iPhone army on 25.09 per cent.
Both companies beat last year’s winner, Nokia, which dropped from 28.05 per cent of phone web traffic to just 21.96 per cent, followed by BlackBerry on just 3.62 per cent.
Samsung’s main operating system, Google Android, claimed further wins over Apple in the StatCounter report, including most popular mobile operating system – 37.93 per cent compared to Apple’s 25.09 per cent – and most popular mobile web browser – 29.06 per cent compared to Safari’s 24.98 per cent.
The results back up market share statistics from this year, with research firm Gartner naming Samsung as the leading smartphone maker for the three months of 2013 with a 30.8 per cent share of the market, while Apple followed with 18.2 per cent.
Other revelations in StatCounter’s report, which covered “the field of browsers, operating systems, search, mobile (and) social media,” according to chief executive Aodhan Cullen, saw Microsoft’s older operating system Windows 7 claim the biggest share of computer web use (52.62 per cent) while its newest system, Windows 8, claimed just 5.94 per cent by the end of June.
Google also maintained its lead over Microsoft’s Bing in internet searches, at 90.09 per cent to 3.75 per cent, and won the greatest share of traffic for its internet browser Chrome (42.68 per cent) over Microsoft’s internet Explorer (25.44 per cent).