The Android platform has been eating into the sizable lead Apple’s iOS platform has in mobile Web usage, according to analytics firm Quantcast. The company released new numbers Friday that show iOS with 56% of all mobile Web usage, with Android a distant second with 25% of mobile Web usage, but the delta between the two platforms is narrowing rapidly, as shown in the graph below.
According to Quantcast, iOS users did 68% of all the mobile Web browsing in My of 2009, whereas Android users did a mere 9% of mobile Web browsing. Since then, iOS’s share has steadily slipped, while Android’s has grown markedly.
Some of that share growth for Android came at the expense of Research in Motion’s BlackBerry platform, and some of it came from the other platforms (Nokia’s Symbian, Windows Mobilewhateveritscalledthismonth, and Palm’s Palm OS and WebOS). The rest, however, has come from iOS.
“In August Android took share from every corner of the market, putting in its best month share gain since November 2009,” Quantcast said in a blog post announcing the numbers.
The chart below shows the change in the various platforms’ share of mobile Web browsing month-over-month, quarter-over-quarter, and year-over-year.