Apple has finished 2011 with its iOS commanding 52.1 percent share of mobile web browsing. The data comes from Net Applications, which keeps track of the unique visitor count to its network of websites. Although still in far ahead, iOS did drop from a 54.06 percent lead in January 2011.
The dominance of iOS in mobile web browsing has been generally steady throughout the year with only a few fluctuations. Its market share had climbed to 61.5 percent in October, likely due to the launch of the iPhone 4S. Its lowest point was in February when it fell to 46.57 percent. This low was possibly due to more customers selling their iPads in anticipation for the iPad 2, which arrived in March.
Although Android dominates in overall smartphone market share when it comes to the number of devices sold and activated, the platform's share of mobile web browsing is oddly far behind. Android rose from 12.75 percent to 16.29 percent over the course of this year.