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OS and browser market shares for December 2011

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NetMarketShare’s desktop Operating System Market Share metrics for December 2011 show the Mac OS slipping back another tenth of a point on the month, with Windows posting exactly the same share for two consecutive months. Linux made another proportionally significant gain, continuing its recent positive streak. November 2011 metrics are shown in parentheses for comparison.

Desktop

  • Windows – 92.23% (92.23%)
  • Mac – 6.36% (6.46%)
  • Linux – 1.41% (1.31%)

In the Mobile/Tablet category, the iOS was still well out in first place, even though it dropped nearly two points of share. JavaME consolidated its second place traction, while Android lost about half a point of share in third. Symbian gained about half a point, and hard-luck Blackberry managed to claw back abnout a quarter point. Windows Mobile and Windows Phone down agaon, and Sansung passing Window Mobile into seventh place.

Mobile/Tablet

  • iOS – 52.10%  (54.04%)
  • JavaME  – 21.27% (19.69% )
  • Android – 16.29% (16.72%)
  • Symbian – 5.76%  (5.27)
  • BlackBerry – 3.51%  (3.18%)
  • Windows Phone – 0.27%  (0.29%)
  • Samsung – 0.25%
  • Windows Mobile – 0.17% (0.18%)

Desktop Operating System Versions

In terms of OS specific versions, Windows is still out in front by a wide margin, with greybeard XP the most prolific, but shedding nearly two points of share in December. However, Windows 7 gained more than two points, and is now solidly over 35 percent, while sad sack Windows Vista fell back a bit more.

Apple’s OS 10.6 Snow Leopard at 28 months since its release in August, 2009 remains the most popular Mac OS version, but OS X 10.7 Lion is closing in and OS 10.5 Leopard is well back in third place in the Apple OS spectrum, but grew its share by remarkably little in November. OS X 10.4 Tiger held on to a O.25 share. As noted, Linux gained a bit again, and is comfortably above the one percent share +/- it had hovered at for a year or so.

Windows:

  • Windows XP – 46.52% (48.89%)
  • Windows 7 – 36.99%  (34.60%)
  • Windows Vista – 8.44%  (8.48%)
  • Windows 2000 – 0.14% (0.19%)
  • Windows NT – 0.06% (0.14%)

Macintosh:

  • MacOS X 10.6 – 3.05% (3.22%)
  • Mac OS X 10.7 –  2.02% (1.86%)
  • Mac OS X 10.5 – 1.00%  (1.06%)
  • Mac OS X 10.4 – 0.25%  (0.27%)

Linux – 1.41% (1.31%)

Mobile/Tablet Operating System Versions

In the mobile/tablet category, Apple’s iOS remains on top, but shed nearly two points of share. Jave ME grew some more, adding to its astonishing gains in November. Android slipped into negative growth territory in December.

iOS – 52.10%  (54.04% )

  • iPhone – 24.53%  (25.24%)
  • iPad – 24.91%  (28.60%)
  • iPod – 2.32%  (2.42%)

JavaME – 21.27% (19.69%)

Android 16.29% (16.72%)

  • Android 2.3 – 8.92% (8.53%)
  • Android 2.2 – 4.10% (5.25%)
  • Android 2.1 – 1.20%  (1.42%)
  • Android 3.1 – 0.50%  (0.48%)
  • Android 3.2 – 0.60% (0.44%)
  • Android 1.6 – 0.14%  (0.19%)

Symbian – 5.76%  (5.27%)

BlackBerry – 3.51%  (3.18%)

Windows

  • Windows CE – 0.14%  (0.14%)
  • Windows Phone OS 7 – 0.09%  (0.15%)
  • Windows Phone OS 7.5 – 0.18%  (0.13% )

For more information, visit netmarketshare.com.

Browser Share

In browsers, Safari’s usage share on the desktop slipped marginally again after dropping nearly half a point in November, back to 4.97 percent from 5.00 percent. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still has a commanding lead in Desktop Web browsers, with 51.87 percent of the total market, down more than a point from November. Second-place Firefox was also down slightly. Google’s Chrome browser juggernaut continues its steady march, closing the gap on Firefox’s secod place share. Fifth-place Opera again gained back a little ground over the month.

In the Mobile/Tablet browser category, Safari for iOS is still way out in front, increasng its overall share with the many versions of Opera  Mini cumulatively in second place but sharply dropping, while Android is still in third-place, with all others finishing well back in the single-digits.

Desktop Browsers

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer – 51.87% (52.64%)
  • Firefox – 21.83%  (22.14%)
  • Chrome  – 19.11% (18.18%)
  • Safari – 4.97%  (5.00%)
  • Opera – 1.66%  (1.55%)

Mobile/Tablet Browsers

  • Safari – 53.30% (55.03%)
  • Opera Mini – 21.66%  (20.09%)
  • Android Browser – 15.87% (16.36%)
  • Symbian – 3.33%  (3.03%)
  • BlackBerry – 3.05%  (2.76%)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer – 0.41%  (0.45%)
  • Opera Mobile – 0.41%  (0.41%)

You can check it out at netmarketshare.com.

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