And where is Android? Still trailing Java ME, according to Net Applications



Data: Net Applications. Chart: PED

You would think that with nearly 50% of the global market for smartphones that Google’s GOOG Android would also dominate the Web.

Not so, according to a report issued Saturday by Net Applications.

When measured against other smartphone/tablet operating systems, Apple’s AAPL iOS accounts for more than half of the visits to its clients’ 40,000 websites around the world. In fact,the 54.65% share that Net Applications recorded for iOS devices in September is an all-time record.

Android, with 16.26%, is still trailing Java ME’s 18.52%. Nokia’s NOK discontinued Symbian, at 6.12%, is fading fast and Research in Motion’s RIMM is holding steady at a negligible 3.29%.

A key factor driving Apple’s dominant Web presence, of course, is that iOS runs on three popular devices: iPhones, iPads and iPod touches. There is no Android equivalent of the iPod touch, and although there are multiple Android tablets — and more about to hit the market — none has yet to take off.