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Android Browser becomes #1 mobile browser in the world

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Android Browser becomes #1 mobile browser in the world
According to analytics firm, StatCounter, Android Browser has surpassed Opera for the first time ever making it the most used mobile browser in the world with 22.67%. Opera is still close behind with 21.7% and Apple’s Safari for iPhone is holding 3rd at 21.06%.

Separated from the pack, Nokia’s Symbian browser and RIM’s BlackBerry browser accounted for 11.24% and 6.53% respectively.

It will be interesting going forward to see if other 3rd party Android browsers such as Chrome, Dolphin, and Firefox can make a dent in the charts. While they are all great alternatives to the stock Android browser for a variety of reasons, it seems like the out of the box solution is meeting most people's needs, so they may just stick with what they know.

It is also worth noting that Safari has seen a huge upswing in the past 6 months. With iPhone sales continuing to climb and yet another release expected later this year, the battle for the top spot will surely rage on. We expect that the honor of first place will probably exchange hands multiple times in the upcoming year.

Android Browser becomes #1 mobile browser in the world


source: StatCounter via AndroidAuthority

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posted on 03 Mar 2012, 11:16 5

1. remixfa (Posts: 13942; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


umm, why wasnt Opera counted as an "alternative browser" in android? Its the one i use the most. opera is an alternative on multiple systems.

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 11:48 7

3. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


opera for mobile is great

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 20:53 1

15. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


I use stock browser on my galaxy s2.. as its galaxy s2 so every thing is simply grt.. but on my lg thrill the stock is not that good i use opera or dolphin on it...

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 09:49

28. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)


"An alternative browser in Android"...? That wouldn't make sense. You even say its used across multiple systems, so why count it for one OS?

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 11:42 6

2. roscuthiii (Posts: 1843; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Good news for Android's stock browser. Haven't used it in a while myself; Just flip flop between Dolphin, Opera, Skyfire, & xScope a lot.

Are these just smartphone stats, or all mobile devices? Cnet had an article posted a few days ago that included mobile browser usage and it looked like Android may have surpassed Opera once back in Oct 2011.
Looking at that stat again though, it doesn't say 'Opera', it says 'Opera Mini' so Opera Mobile may have been excluded.
And... possibly because it's really (i)Cnet, they've got Safari listed as tapping around the 60% mobile share area, not the 21.06. That's a fairly large discrepancy between the two stats.

(Don't mind the title, the mobile metrics are in there too.)
http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-57388240-264/ie-holds-rival-browsers-at-bay/

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 11:53 4

4. shayan (Posts: 148; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


how can it be? a huge number of featurephones use opera as their defult browser. and there is more of these phones than smartphones.
if this article is about smartphones, the cnet news tells a diffrent story, so, what is it?

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 12:49 4

8. roscuthiii (Posts: 1843; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Yep... that's exactly what I'm saying. Something seems amiss.

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 11:32 1

19. pbui.818 (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


Or people who buy the feature phones don't actually use the browser?

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 11:59

5. kellkeezy (Posts: 57; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


trololololol safari iz the first and best internet browserz for mobile devices

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 12:50 1

9. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


trololololol IE is the best browser of all time.. of all time..

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 20:50 2

14. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


bad joke

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 12:14 3

6. jellytime (Posts: 135; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Android browser for porn
opera for reading tech news

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 12:28 2

7. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Great day for Apple technology. The android browser as well as Chrome uses webkit that Apple gave away for free. So many android users are able to enjoy surfing the web all because the late Steve Jobs didn't want MicroSoft to dominate the mobile browser space as MS dominated desktop computing.

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 15:16 5

11. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


is not like they have a choice webkit was creating using OPEN SOURCE protocols apple is well known for stealing and not giving back.

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 22:27 1

24. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


protozeloz: you say some of the dumbest things at times. Open source is independent of Apple's skills at coding, and even a six-grader under this point. Apple created a really great engine for mobile browsers and gave it away for free to deny MicroSoft the chance to dominate the mobile browser space.

About 15 years ago, MicroSoft "bundled" Internet Explorer with new computers and that act destroyed Netscape's ability to be a dominating desktop browser.

protozeloz , give your apple witch-hunting antics a rest will you. You have to stop using trailer-park logic at the same time.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 04:30

25. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


You are funny. I'm sorry but the truth is the truth. They took it from a version of Linux and revised it. Go search for it, I've posted the info a million times in here.

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 09:12 2

18. remixfa (Posts: 13942; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


like always, your wrong... ardent...

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 22:21

23. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


learn to spell "you're" vs your when you try to show off your limited intelligence.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 04:32 2

26. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


And then you rely to insults grow up

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 07:06 2

27. remixfa (Posts: 13942; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


first sign of a lost argument? Resorting to being the spelling police.

Sad fact, if my intelligence is so small, yet I continually have to correct your wrong statements.... what does that say about you? Grow up.

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 11:37

20. pbui.818 (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


KHTML Konquerer KDE

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 13:32 2

10. Toad222 (Posts: 9; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


Opera is still amazing for me on Mobile and Desktop.

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 17:24

12. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)


i like dophin on iOS sometimes safari just not as good as it should be.

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 18:36

13. imkyle (Posts: 1008; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


for me opera mobile does not render correctly on the tablet. Always seems to be zoomed out always.

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 22:53

16. samfrancisco (Posts: 12; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


Android ICS stock browser is a very good browser. It's fast and chock full of features that you can't find in other alternative browsers. You can even save web pages for offline reading. Plus, it can sync your Chrome bookmarks.

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 07:23

17. uzairkhan1994 (Posts: 17; Member since: 04 Mar 2012)


that's actually not fair..... you put all the android phones in the same category but split ios devices into ipod touch and iphone!!!

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 17:56

21. -RVM- (Posts: 329; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Opera FTW!

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 18:34

22. pbui.818 (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


I haven't tried the ICS Android browser so all i know is that Opera is the best mobile browser.

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