If you are not familiar with Royal Pingdom, they are a company that collect data, and a lot of it.  They collect both data, and statistics from around the globe on many different business models, but in their latest publication, I believe many of you will find their results interesting.

Royal Pingdom have collected data on the many Mobile Operating Systems using StatCounter, and compared the two most popular in the tables shown below. Apple’s iOS pitched against Symbian Operating System.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love geel stuff like this, but have to remind you that the tables, and figures shown below, Royal Pingdom have included Apple iPod Touch iOS models into the mix, and given these are not a mobile phone I find this a little unfair.  Yes, they are a mobile device, with a mobile OS, but still, I’m sure you agree?

Royal Pingdom however have excluded iPads from their data gathering in the tables below which is something I guess.  Anyhow, here’s the tables…

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There are a couple of things to note here:

  • When looking at mobile web usage, the different parts of the world are led by either iOS or Symbian. Apple’s iOS leads mobile web usage in North America, Europe and Oceania, while Nokia’s Symbian leads in Africa, Asia and South America.
  • Worldwide, Symbian leads the pack. This is not surprising considering Nokia is the world’s largest maker of mobile phones. After Symbian comes iOS, Blackberry, Android, Sony Ericsson and Samsung, in that order.
  • Symbian’s weakest position by far is in North America.
  • Blackberry’s strongest region is North America, but it is still behind iOS there.
  • Android might be growing fast, but it’s still far from dominating any part of the world.

You may also wonder about Palm’s webOS (now owned by HP), but it hardly made a dent in the overall web usage so we didn’t include it. Perhaps the situation will change in the future, but for now it remains very much a niche mobile OS.

For further findings, including most, if not all mobile Operating Systems, head across to Royal Pingdom here.


It’s worth mentioning once again that this is market share based on web traffic, not number of units. That said, it still gives us some very interesting mobile market data that would be close to impossible to come over any other way.

When examining these numbers and especially the chart, you could be forgiven for thinking that Apple and Nokia have split the mobile world between them. That would of course be a bit simplistic, but it can’t be denied that Symbian phones completely dominate large parts of the world, while the iPhone and iPod Touch together seem to have carved out a very strong place alongside the giant that is Nokia.