The winner, according to Net Applications: mobile operating systems, which accounted for 1.3 percent of all OSes powering devices that browsed the Internet in December. Although their shares remained small -- the largest was Java Platform, Micro Edition, with just 0.53 percent, followed by the iPhone OS with 0.44 percent -- month-over-month increases were dramatic in some cases. Google's Android operating system, for example, increased its share by nearly 56 percent between November and December, while RIM and the iPhone boosted their shares by 22 percent and 20 percent, respectively.
Net Applications measures operating system usage by tracking the machines that surf to the 40,000 sites it monitors for clients, which results in a pool of about 160 million unique visitors each month. It then weights share by the estimated size of each country's Internet population.
December's operating system data can be found on Net Applications' site.
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