According to research carried out by Mobile Media Metrics, 65% of UK mobile gadgetry owners were fans of Apple’s operating system. Symbian, on the other hand, accounted for just 1% of connected applications.
Just ahead of Symbian are Windows Mobile, WebOS and BlackBerry with just 3%. Android’s share is 31%.
Apparently Mobile Media Metrics worked out this data based on findings from ComScore, another research organisation. The latter looked at the numbers of apps that connect to the internet via a network operator.
As such, the results apparently don’t include non-connected downloadable games. This means many Symbian users who download games to play on their devices are not included in the data.
While the Apple figures are impressive it did get me thinking whether the reality is that Apple just happen to create more internet connected applications than anyone else. Since the data produced by both research organisations does not include information about non internet connected apps, to me the comparison with other companies is a little meaningless.
So, to put some real figures (rather than percentages) on this data, it seems 5.7 million iPhone users in Britain use connected applications, while there are 2.7 million Android users and just 119,000 Symbian users.
One question though. How many of these apps are free and how many have been paid for?