Canadians love their iPhones

(Courtesy ADMOB)

(Courtesy ADMOB)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:14 AM ET

Canadians love their iPhones.

While iPhone is in close competition with Google's Android platform in the rest of the world, Apple has Canada locked up when it comes to mobile web browsing.

Admob, an American agency that tracks Internet traffic from smartphones and other mobile devices, reports that in February the iPhone operating system accounted for 80% of all online activity from smartphones in Canada.

The next highest in the ranking was Google's Android platform, at 6%.

BlackBerrys followed at 5%. Nokia, Palm and Windows Mobile accounted for the rest.

It's important to note these numbers don't reflect the number of people who own smartphones, but reflect how people use their devices.

BlackBerrys, which tend to be used by corporate clients for e-mail and appointments, aren't powerful web browsing devices and BlackBerry users tend not to use them for that purpose.

That being said, mobile web browsing statistics are much different outside Canada.

In the U.S., Google's Android platform was only a couple of percentage points behind Apple's ubiquitous iPhone. In February, the iPhone led with 44% market share, but Android was close behind at 42%.

Globally, iPhone commands a solid 50% of the smartphone web browsing market, while Android makes up 24%.

The difference globally, though, is in growth. Apple's iPhone platform actually showed a decline in global market share after October 2009, and then plateaued into February. In this same time frame, Android rose to 24% market share from 11%.

Overall web traffic on smartphones grew by 193% in the past year.


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