In which country is the iPhone most popular? Symbian? Android? BlackBerry? You’d be surprised!

Web analytics firm StatCounter has teamed up with the folks at Pingdom to produce a series of charts and compile a set of data about which smartphone platforms are popular and where. The data collected turns over some of the assumptions I had, such as RIM’s BlackBerry platform. You’d think it was the most popular platform in the United States or Canada, right? The correct answer is the Dominican Republic. Here are some more figures:

  • Apple’s iOS platform (includes iPhone and iPod touch, but not the iPad) is responsible for 83.7% of mobile web surfing in Canada. The next 9 countries in the top 10 list are: Cuba with 77.2%, Switzerland with 76.7%, Australia with 72.5%, Ireland with 69.7%, New Zealand with 69.0%, France with 67.4%, Singapore with 64.6%, Denmark with 64.3%, and finally Sweden with 61.6%. Where’s America? Only 35.3% of mobile traffic comes from iOS devices in the land of the brave.
  • Symbian handsets, you’d think they’re all in Europe, but you’re wrong. Symbian is most popular in Chad with a whopping 94.0% of all mobile traffic flowing through some sort of Nokia device. Next up is Libya with 93.9%, Sudan with 92.9%, Iraq with 90.1%, Oman with 88.3%, Jordan with 87.1%, Egypt with 86.6%, Somalia with 85.2%, Mozambique with 84.4%, and finally Paraguay with 83.9% of mobile web traffic. In the USA, Symbian makes up only 1.36% of mobile web traffic.
  • There was only one country where Android accounted for more than 50% of all mobile web traffic: South Korea. They had an amazing 78.3% of their traffic flow through what are most likely Samsung and LG handsets. Next in line is Austria with 27.3%, Taiwan with 26.5%, Denmark with 25.3%, Slovenia with 24.0%, the United States with 23.3%, the Netherlands with 21.7%, Sweden with 21.3%, Estonia with 16.8%, and last but not least: Norway with 16.0%.

There’s a bunch more data on Pingdom’s site and if you’re a data junkie like me then you’ll want to read their article from top to bottom.

  • stoli89

    This data is clearly slanted toward those devices which are web centric. It also ignores web traffic via wifi, which can be significant in areas and where unlimited network data plans are either non-existent or prohibitively expensive. It also penalizes those platforms within which certain services (navigation) can operate independently of the network (e.g. OVI maps) while rewarding those that rely on the network for these services to even function (e.g.: Android-Google Maps). By their very nature, IOS and Android should draw much more web traffic per user session. Both Apple and Google monetization models depend on it.

    • web centric….HELLO SYMBIAN….majority are simple phones

  • Anonymous

    I’m from Iraq. Symbian’s dominance isn’t because the people like it. It’s because you don’t have much option. You either have to decide between Symbian or Nokia S40. Unless you want to pay $1000 for a jailbroken iPhone or $950 for a Samsung Galaxy S.

    People here want a phone which plays music, takes gorgeous photo, can text and call. So why do they want to buy an iPhone while the Nokia C7 is for $365 here?
    Even the average people who own a symbian device don’ta know what Symbian is!

    • Anonymous

      So there is a choice. What you are saying is that there is no better option at a good price point which can do everything iphone can do. That is why Nokia is a winner!!

  • kdarling

    Bear in mind that browsing statistics generated by certain websites do not accurately reflect “popularity” of an OS or its sales.

  • Does the iOS portion include iPad and iPod?

  • Civanovici

    I don’t see Microsoft OS here …

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