Apple, Samsung Bump Nokia From Top of Key Industry Category

According to new mobile research from StatCounter, Apple has “dislodged” Nokia in January for the first time as the most popular mobile vendor in terms of global internet usage.

But it’s double-trouble for Nokia. The independent website analytics company says that Samsung also climbed ahead of Nokia to take second place behind Apple on a global basis.

StatCounter’s research arm StatCounter Global Stats finds that in January 2013 Apple led globally for the first time in terms of internet usage with 25.86%, ahead of Samsung (22.69%) and Nokia (22.15%).

“It’s good and bad news for Apple,” says Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter. “Apple has been handed the number one spot despite its falling usage share. A decline in Nokia usage from January 2012 to January 2013 means the Finnish company ceded the top spot to Apple.”

“Samsung,” he adds, “in contrast to Apple, has seen an increase in its usage share since January 2012.”

Apple’s worldwide internet usage share fell from 28.67% in January 2012 to 25.86% in the same month this year. Meanwhile, Samsung rose from 14.84% to 22.69% over the same period.

As for Nokia? It fell from 37.67% to 22.15%.