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iPhone enjoys a sizeable browsing lead

Ars Technica reports that AdMob’s February smartphone traffic numbers show that the iPhone owns a whopping 50% of mobile Web market share in the United States. That’s a whole lot. RIM’s Blackberry, which comes in second with 21%, isn’t even close. The iPhone comes in second worldwide to Symbian, which is more popular overseas, but even then it owns a solid third of the mobile market.

Now, these numbers track Web browser requests, rather than pure sales figures. In terms of unit sales, the iPhone won’t ever own the total mobile market. Still, this report means that iPhone users are using their phones to browse the Web far more than users of any other device. The iPhone is well on its way to dominating the smartphone space in the same way the iPod has taken over the MP3 player space. Apple’s design has already taken over. Every other smartphone out there apes the iPhone’s design — a big screen surrounded by minimal chrome, with a button or two sitting at the bottom.

As Ars Technica notes, these browser figures aren’t likely to change until after Apple releases new hardware sometime this summer. But the conclusion is already clear that the iPhone is well on its way to becoming the de facto standard in mobile browsing.

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