Wow I thought this would never happen. Due to the horrible last century browser RIM shipped with all devices until OS 6.0 RIM was always more or less a laggard in the mobile internet usage. I am not sure if the new WebKit browser RIM is shipping with the latest devices has anything to do with the change.
According to StatCounter’s report the BlackBerry OS took 34.4% of web usage in November with Apples iOS clocking in at 33% in the US down from 51.9% in November of last year. That is the first time that has happened since the iPhone gained popularity. The Android OS is growing quickly in the US with a 23.8% share up from 8.2% last November. On a global scale these numbers are totally different with Symbian OS in the lead with 31.9% followed by iOS (21.9%), BlackBerry OS (19.3%) and Android (11.6%).
I am kind of curious as to what caused the sudden rise in BlackBerry usage. I don’t know if it would be a dream to think that BlackBerry 6 devices have made such a dent in the last few months. Or it could be the fact that most of these reports are biased against BlackBerrys because browsing goes through RIM’s BIS proxy servers. These results are based on aggregate data from 15 billion page views per month on StatCounters 3 million+ sites.
Should be interesting to see if RIM can keep up the lead. What do you think? You can check out the stats for yourself at this link or below:
Thanks Manoj for sending this one in!