Symbian operating system may have been altogether 'sidelined' by Nokia but mobile internet browsing data gathered by StatCounter over the past 6 months from netizens in the Philippines show that the platform is still the leading mobile OS in the country -- by a mile.
The graph shows that - from July 2011 to December 2011 - 46.88% of mobile users in the Philippines browsed the net on Symbian-powered devices, which are almost surely Nokia smartphones.
iOS and Android are in a sort of tight race for second place. But the difference between the runner-up and Symbian remains to be wide.
So what does this tell us?
Nokia's overwhelming success in this territory in the past years enables it to stay afloat and still be the clear leader in the face of serious competition. This becomes especially obvious when we compare the graph above to that from January 2011 to June 2011:
Comparing 1st half of 2011 data to that from the 2nd half: The number of iOS and Android users grew considerably from 16.94% to 18.39% and from 7.33% to 14.58%, respectively. Clearly, however, such growth spurts simply aren't enough to topple Symbian -- at least, for now.