smartphone researchBoth Apple and Samsung surpassed Nokia as the most popular mobile vendors in terms of worldwide Internet usage for the first time, according to new research results from StatCounter, an independent provider of website analytics.

Apple took over the #1 slot in January for the first time with its array of mobile devices accounting for 25.86% of global mobile Internet usage, according to StatCounter Global Stats. Samsung ranked second at 22.69% and Nokia third at 22.15%.

“It’s good and bad news for Apple,” commented StatCounter’s CEO Aodhan Cullen. “Apple has been handed the number one spot despite its falling usage share. A decline in Nokia usage from January 2012 to January 2013 means the Finnish company ceded the top spot to Apple. Samsung, in contrast to Apple, has seen an increase in its usage share since January 2012,” he continued.

As of January, Apple experienced a 2.81% decline in its share of mobile device Internet usage year-to-year, according to StatCounter Global Stats, whose data is based on more than 15 billion monthly page views and monitoring of more than 3 million websites.

Nokia’s share of mobile Internet usage declined 15.52% over the period, while Samsung’s increased 7.85%.

Mobile device Internet usage data at the national level is also available via StatCounter.