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OS and browser market shares for February 2012

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OS and Browser Market Share

NetMarketShare’s desktop operating system market share metrics for February 2012 show the Mac OS gaining more than half a point on the month, with Windows falling back ever so slightly. Linux fell back four-trnths of a point on the month, ending its recent positive streak, and its loss making up the Lion’s share of OS X’s gains. January 2012 metrics are shown in parentheses for comparison.

  • Windows 91.92% (92.05)
  • Mac 6.92% (6.39%)
  • Linux 1.16% (1.56)

In the mobile/tablet category, the iOS was still well out in first place, but lost more than three points of share in February. Meanwhile, Android zoomed past JavaME and into a solid second place, while JavaME lost a whopping five points, most of which seems to have accrued to Android. Symbian and Blackberry also shed share while Kindle consolidated its beachhead on the sector, as did Windows Phone, and Windows Mobile snuck ahead of Samsung whose share dropped by nearly half whatit had been in January.

  • iOS (60.59% (53.65%)
  • Android 19.02% (18.12%)
  • JavaME 14.16% (19.19% )
  • Symbian 2.77% (5.20%)
  • BlackBerry 2.15% (2.59%)
  • Kindle 0.43% (0.34%)
  • Windows Phone 0.41% (0.29%)
  • Windows Mobile 0.15% (0.12%)
  • Samsung 0.12% (0.20%)

Desktop Operating System Versions

In terms of OS specific versions, Windows stays in front by a wide margin, with ancient XP still top dog (Windows 7 now has a respectable 38.12%, but it’s a sobering thought that sad sack Windows alone has a larger market share than OS X). Apple’s OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard at 30 months since its release in August, 2009 remains the most popular Mac OS version, but OS X 10.7 Lion continues closing in and OS X 10.5 Leopard is well back in third place in the Apple OS spectrum.

As noted, Linux lost a significant amount of ground, fallling back toward one percent again.

Windows:

  • Windows XP 45.39% (47.19%)
  • Windows 7 38.12% (36.40%)
  • Windows Vista 8.10% (8.22%)
  • Windows Vista 8.10% (8.22%)
  • Windows 2000 0.15% (0.13%)

Macintosh:

  • MacOS X 10.6 3.00% (2.95%)
  • Mac OS X 10.7 2.69% (2.18%)
  • Mac OS X 10.5 0.95% (0.97%)
  • Mac OS X 10.4 0.23% (0.24%)

Linux

  • 1.16% (1.56%)

Mobile/Tablet Operating System Versions

In the mobile/tablet category, Apple’s iOS remains on top, gaining nearly 7 points of share, and with the significant development of the iPad passing the iPhone as the most prolific iOS platform version, Jave ME slipped, and the recent Androids were all up in January.

iOS – 60.59% (53.65%)

  • iPad 29.97% (23.97%)
  • iPhone 28.12% (27.37%)
  • iPod 2.48% (2.32% )

JavaME – 14.16% (19.19%)

Android – 19.02% (18.12%)

  • Android 2.3 11.55% (10.31%)
  • Android 2.2 3.82% (4.35%)
  • Android 2.1 0.94% (1.16%)
  • Android 3.2 0.99% (0.77)
  • Android 3.1 0.63% (0.56%)

Symbian – 5.20% (5.76%)

BlackBerry – 2.59% (3.51%)

Windows

  • Windows Phone OS 7.5 – 0.33% (0.21%)
  • Windows Phone OS 7 – 0.07% (0.07%)
  • Windows CE – 0.09% (0.09%)

For more information, visit netmarketshare.com.

Browser Share

In web browsers, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome were all virtually static in February, while fourth-place Safari made a modest gain and fifth-place Opera was also up slightly.

In the mobile/tablet browser category, Safari for iOS is still way out in front, and opened its lead, while Android passed Opera Mini to take second place, and everybody else, including BlackBerry, was an also-ran. But Blackberry did manage to lose less share than Symbian did, and is now in fourth place, well back of the leader board.

Desktop Browser Share:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer – 52.84% (52.96%)
  • Firefox – 20.92% (20.88%)
  • Chrome – 18.90% (18.94% )
  • Safari – 5.24% (4.90%)
  • Opera – 1.71% (1.67%)

Mobile/Tablet Browser Share:

  • Safari – 61.19% (54.85%)
  • Android Browser – 18.62% (17.78%)
  • Opera Mini – 14.42% (19.58%)
  • BlackBerry – 1.72% (2.11%)
  • Symbian – 1.48% (2.83% )
  • Proprietary or Undetectable – 0.60% (1.15%)
  • Opera Mobile – 0.53% (0.38%)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer – 0.49% (0.37%)

You can check it out at netmarketshare.com.

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