The latest report from StatCounter
shows that as of last month, Nokia handsets had the largest share of the mobile browsing market
with a 40% slice of the pie. The Finnish based firm has a nice lead over Apple. That should be no surprise since Nokia had the largest market share among global handset manufacturers
according to the latest stats. Mobile Safari accounted for 29% of the planet's mobile web users. It should be pointed out that data from tablets are not included
in this study. Samsung placed third with 14% of those using a mobile browser having a Samsung device in their hand. RIM, which placed second to Apple in the U.K., had an 8.3% market share
of mobile web browsers globally. At the start of last year, the
Canadian based manufacturer had a mobile web share of above 30%. As a whole, Android handsets had just under 25% of the mobile browser market.
Apple, while second globally behind Nokia, actually had the leading marketshare of mobile browsers in the U.K. and in the States
. And with the increasing use of smartphones around the world, it is not surprising that the use of mobile browsers has been growing rapidly. Starting from a meager .7% share of global browsing in January 2009, mobile web use has risen to account for 8.5% of all browsing by last month, nearly doubling last January's 4.3% share.