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New Site Tracks Smartphone Market Share in Near-Real Time

It seems as though there is another report every day or two on which smartphone platform is gaining or losing share.

But, for those who just can’t get enough of that sort of thing, Web-tracking firm Chitika now has a site that offers a practically constant glance at such data.

Chitika’s data looks not at sales, though, but at share of Web pages being viewed. As a result, it is good for showing active use of various smartphone operating systems, but not for tracking phone sales.

Its new Web site looks at the 24 preceding hours of U.S. mobile Web use (on a six-hour delay).

As of Friday afternoon, for example, iOS had accounted for 68.16 percent of the past day’s U.S. mobile traffic, while Android made up 27.32 percent and all other operating systems accounted for just 4.52 percent.

It should be noted those figures also include tablets running iOS and Android, so the iPad’s dominance is giving Apple a boost.


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