Windows Phone has overtaken Symbian in European browser usage according to Hitlinks

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Besides Statcounter, another company which measures market share by browser usage is Hitlinks, with their NetMarketShare product.

Their numbers for July is out, and it shows for the first time that Windows Phone has overtaken Symbian in Europe.  Unfortunately this is largely due to the large and consistent drop in Symbian usage as those users move to Android handsets and iPhones, with Symbian market share down 63% since January, but Windows Phone did not stand still, increasing 43% over the same period.

The graph above shows the “minor league” of mobile operating systems in Europe, excluding the heavy weights such as iOS and Android, and clearly shows off those operating systems Windows Phone is the only one that is growing, with Blackberry down 19% since January, and Bada down 65%.

Over the same period iOS increased 2% and Android 9%, leaving Windows Phone ironically as the fastest growing operating system of the last 6 months.

See the full table of European numbers after the break.

Jan-12Feb-12Mar-12Apr-12May-12Jun-12Jul-12Growth Jan-Jul
iOS7574.2874.0475.1175.5477.7976.542%
Android16.8517.9618.3618.3718.0817.118.319%
Blackberry3.623.913.843.363.272.822.93-19%
Symbian2.131.91.751.321.140.790.77-64%
Windows Phone0.550.730.680.730.880.720.7944%
Bada0.370.270.290.220.220.140.13-65%

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