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Apple iPad closing in on Google Android already

Web metrics firm measures iPad's impact online

In its first 10 days, Apple's iPad has captured almost as much online usage share in the US as the BlackBerry or Google's Android operating system, a web metrics firm said today.

According to data from NetApplications, the iPad's share has averaged 0.03% since April 3, the day Apple started selling the media tablet. Although that number is tiny compared to the major operating systems - Windows XP, for example, accounts for 64.5% of the total market - it's within striking distance of more established rivals.

Research In Motion's BlackBerry, for example, had a usage share of 0.04% for the month of March. Android, meanwhile, accounted for the same figure, split evenly between Android 1.5 and Android 1.6, NetApplications said. By comparison Windows ME was also at 0.04% last month.

But the iPad can't hold a candle to Apple's older mobile siblings. By NetApplications' count, Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch devices have a combined share of 0.6%, about 20 times larger than the iPad's.

Net Applications measures operating system use by analysing a pool of about 160 million unique visitors each month to its clients' sites. The company is tracking iPad daily share numbers on its website.

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