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Apple iPad Catching Up On Android In OS Market

Latest figures published by Netmarketshare show that the the operating system market share of the Apple iPad has jumped from 0.03 to 0.08 percent for the month of May 2010.

However, a detailed analysis of the last three days of May showed that the iPad peaked at 0.17 percent of the global OS market share, which would put well ahead of the iPod Touch (or Android) and just behind Symbian.

The iPad was released in the UK as well as in eight other countries last Friday which might explain the sudden peak recorded during the long bank holiday weekend.

Apple's so-called "Magical" device will be released in nine other countries in July bringing the total number of territories where the iPad has been rolled out to 19.

Combined altogether, the iPhone, the iPod Touch and the iPad reach 0.8 percent which would put Apple's mobile platforms just behind Java ME and more than all the other operating systems (including Symbian & Android) combined.

NetMarketshare gets its data from browsers of site visitors from a network of websites that count approximately 160 million visitors per month.

Windows operating system still leads the pack but has already lost 1.8 percent since July 2009 but still commands 91.28 percent of the market.

ITProPortal has also launched a contest inviting prospective and current iPad owners to get up to £500 worth of iPad accessories (including iPad Apps and Apple iTunes Credit) simply by submitting the list of accessories they'd like to have. Simples!!

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.