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Safari accounts for more than half of worldwide mobile browsing

Safari accounts for more than half of worldwide mobile browsing
The latest stats delivered by web analytics firm NetApplications show that Safari is by far and away the browser most used for mobile browsing, including surfing on a tablet. The latest figures are as of last month and show that Apple's iOS browser is responsible for 52.99% of browsing on-the go and is growing. Last October, Safari's share of mobile browsing was 44.3%.

Following Safari is Opera Mini with a 20.77% slice of the pie. The stock Android browser is next, accounting for 15.73% of the total, while Symbian (5.83%), BlackBerry(2.90%) and Opera Mobile (.58%) round out the top 6. Android, though currently third, is closing in on Opera Mini. Last October, the latter had 32.43% of the mobile browsing market share compared to 9.24% for the green robot.

While Android surpasses iOS in the global smartphone market by a fairly large margin, the stats used by NetApplications include the use of the web browser on tablets which is where Apple has a huge edge. In July, NetApplications reported that worldwide, the Apple iPad accounted for 1.03 of all global internet traffic and that figure rose to 2.1% in the U.S. alone. That is an amazing 53 times the next closest competitor which was the Samsung Galaxy Tab at the time. That figure is 76 times the share belonging to the Motorola XOOM and a whopping 306 times the mobile internet share of the BlackBerry PlayBook.

source: GIGaom  via FierceMobile

Safari is responsible for more than half of mobile browsing

Safari is responsible for more than half of mobile browsing

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posted on 04 Sep 2011, 20:24 5

1. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

I cant wait for the comments on this.

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 22:52 2

50. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

heres my joke.

its because iphones cant stay connected to the internet (because your holding the phone wrong stupid!!), they have to continually relog on to webpages.. making safari traffic much higher than it actually is!!

bada bing!! bada boom!!

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 18:32

60. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

That was the dumbest thing I've ever read on this site

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 20:40 10

2. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

This'll be rich. Fandroids will come out of the woodwork to try and explain how this is BS, and Apple fanboys will be try to assert their authority.
Meanwhile those with intelligent comments will be lost among the sea of stupidity.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 21:39 1

7. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

My thoughs exactly

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 17:28 1

47. RageQuit (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Sep 2011)

You're stupid.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 20:42

3. shamu (unregistered)

chrome for mobile = a dream

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 03:35 1

33. shafboy (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Sep 2010)

I don't know how they would make it good on a mobile screen though, if they do design it as perfectly as their desktop browser it will be a dream.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 20:44

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posted on 04 Sep 2011, 21:12 5

5. Clevername2 (unregistered)

tell me how an iphone of any kind can beat the gs2?

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 21:59 5

9. baldilocks (Posts: 746; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)

Let's see, the iPhone 4 has a higher screen resolution and better font legibility.
The iPhone 4 doesn't force close out of the blue.
The iPhone 4 isn't built like a toy.

But I digress.....

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 22:11 8

13. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)

Lets see, the iPhone has a higher resolutiion, but the colors look like a 24 year old lego set. You put a GSII in front of an iPhone and you will grab for the GSII almost immediately. And who needs to zoom with a 4.3" to a 4.5" screen? Not us Android users.

Front legibility? A Super AmoLED display displays colors wayyyyyyyy better than a iPhone. The iPhone DOES, however, have overpaid apps and is playing catch up with Android. Seriously, 2.00 for a FLASHLIGHT. Or you can get the "Lite version" with ads lmfao.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 22:29 3

18. baldilocks (Posts: 746; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)

Apparently you've never used an iPhone 4.

Try reading that Super AMOLED display out in the bright sun and then tell me how much better it is. IPS displays simply work better.

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 10:18

42. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)

I have. And just because there are more pixels, doesn't mean it is better in the sun. When you're in the sun, you need more colors. Not better resolution. The LED screens work best when outdoors. The contrast quality outperforms the iPhone in this category by far.

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 17:38

48. RageQuit (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Sep 2011)

I don't know which one of you is more of an idiot...

lets start with Dj21o.
1st. font legibility has nothing to do with color output. you need more pixels so the letters are more clear. thus the Iphone is the better choice.
2nd. Normal LED displays are just as bad as the iPhone outside.

AMOLED is a lot better than the iPhone in Direct sunlight Because the screen can be brighter and the blacks can be deeper thus countering out the glare from the sun.

You two can figure out how to split the awarded for idiot of the day.

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 19:09

49. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)

The screen is too small on the iPhone, and the contrast on the GSII doesn't even need a higher resolution with a Super AMOLED Plus display. Get over the junk iPhone.

And LED makes a huge difference outdoors. My Evo is LCD and my girlfriends Epic is LED, I can't even look at my phone outside and you can see hers perfectly fine. So why did you say the iPhone is just as bad as the GSII, then tell baldilocks that the GSII display is better? You're not even making any sense. Good job.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 22:00 2

10. dj (unregistered)

in sales? youre kidding right? we can go back and forth all day about preference or specs but in terms of sales the gs2, it is not debatable.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 21:32

6. pfft (unregistered)

The iPhone 4 is HeavieR than the SGS2.
You lose! :0

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 21:40 3

8. Stuntman (Posts: 836; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

Opera Mini is a great browser for mobile devices. I usually use Opera Mini on my phone and the stock Android browser on my tablet. Occasionally I will use the Opera Mobile browser. My phone does not have that fast of a processor. Opera Mini is just blazingly fast on my phone. Even on my older crappy phone (Nokia N97), Opera Mini makes the phone bearable. I'm not surprised it has a significant percentage of the traffic. My tablet is a lot faster, so I use the stock Android browser that gives me a near PC browsing experience.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 22:04 1

11. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)

How is Safari the BIGGEST when Android shares are way higher than Apple? Pretty sure Android doesn't just own 15.73 percent, when over half of the mobile market is dominated by Android. I would further be glad to mention that a GSII will DESTROY anything in the browser category that is not running Android. Easily the best mobile browser I have used on a phone, period.

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 00:17 1

23. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

I guess it means Android users just aren't web browsing like iOS users

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 03:34 1

32. Stuntman (Posts: 836; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

I would suspect that part of the reason is that a large amount of web browsing is done on the iOS tablets. Right now, iOS tablets dominate the tablet market. I own both a phone and tablet and I find I browse more often now with my tablet than my phone. If this is the trend, I can see the iOS tablets account for the large numbers for Safari

When using my phone, I generally use either Pulse or Taptu to read articles. These apps display many of the articles within the app without needing to launch the browser. When I do need to use the browser to view a blog or web page, I generally use Opera Mini.

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 03:40

34. Stuntman (Posts: 836; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

I also configure the user agent on my tablet as a PC rather than a mobile or tablet user. The reason is that I like to get a web browsing experience on my tablet as close to that of a PC as possible. I wonder if by doing this, I cause my web browsing from my tablet to not count as mobile browsing. Anyone know if this is the case?

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 04:37 1

37. joaolx (Posts: 364; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

iOS tablets and iPod Touch. The number of iOS devices is bigger than Android but the iPhone itself, no.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 22:07 1

12. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

it is because Android people have more option. I am using Dolphin right now, because I like the fact that I can change between the mobile or desktop view for my website. This make sense because this mobile view not cell phone. Apple has the iPad and iPod to account for the larger market share.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 22:18 2

15. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)

Yeah, but they can't add all of those browsers together in the survey for Android? Pretty sure they would beat the hell out of Apple. This article makes Apple sound far more superior than any other mobile OS when it's not.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 22:51

20. iankellogg (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

they can't add them together because to them it doesn't look like a mobile device. That is why I don't really believe the data presented here. There are so many browsers in android with so many different user agents.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 23:49 3

22. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

Awww how cute. You guys just want Android to be better just so bad. Cause iPhone beating Android in any category is sooooo bad and sooooo impossible. Just keep searching for all the possible reasons to justify cause I love watching you guys flounder around searching for reasons like fish on dry land. Its pretty pathetic haha. Maybe Safari is just a better browser? iPhone now has dolphin browser, it has opera mini, etc. Even if they add opera mini, android browser, and Other Safari will still be larger, and that's assuming all the users on opera and other are all Android.

So much for largest marker share. Guess all the Android users aren't as intelligent and smart as you guys make yourselves out to be cause web browsing is probably one of the most important smartphone feature. I guess many of you guys are spending too much time decorating your homescreens?

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 04:36

36. Whateverman (Posts: 3262; Member since: 17 May 2009)

Yeah, look at all you Android users using logic, deductive reasoning, and math to explain why the slowest, featureless mobile browser is still best! you guys should just quit being all, smart and stuff and just except the fact that having 90% of the tablet market should have no baring on this survey at all. Just keep doing silly things like making calls, and navigating, while I enjoy this snail paced browsing on this here iphone. And look I can customize too! I can move this square over here, and this square over here, and just look at that wallpaper!!! Well, it's kinda hard to see with all these blocks in the way, but if you could see it you would be amazed!

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 11:08 1

44. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

A lot of people aren't using logic but just trying to invalidate the survey. They're saying their web browsing doesn't count because they change the setting to pc which isn't true. It's still identified as a mobile device. Obviously Apple's domination of the tablet market is helping them out in this case, but at the end of the day safari is a great web browser and that's why people use it.

This article is full of fandroid haters as usual.

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 23:40

51. Stuntman (Posts: 836; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

Considering Android larger market share in the phone market, I think may people are curious why the numbers for web browsers are so different. Definitely tablets is a big factor for the difference in the numbers and also the iPod Touch that a was mentioned earlier.

As for web browsers on the iOS devices, is it possible to change the default browser from Safari to something else like Opera or Skyfire?

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 16:51

46. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

Haha I still can't get over how funny the comments are. iPhone users are just visiting 9to5mac, Android users are pirating iOS on their device, its just that there's too many options on Android, it can't be true because of market share!, etc etc. too funny!

iOS users browse the web more, iOS users play the most games, iOS users have access to best applications, when iPhone 4 launched youtube video uploads exploded and so did flickr uploads, iOS users have access to the #1 music store, iPhone users have the best picture/video editing apps, iOS users most likely read the most books/magazines on their devices, etc etc. What the hell do you guys do on your devices? Customize? Oh what fun!

Android is so jam-packed with features but other than widgets and customization, I'm starting to think most of it is just talking points and fanboy talk.

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 10:22

43. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)

Lmfao. You're forced to use safari. I have more options, and my stock GSII browser kills your iTurd browser. That's what is funny. You don't even have flash lmao. Congratulations on being dumb.

And to top it off, I still load my page twice as fast even with flash. So have fun waiting for your page to load. I'd be minutes in front of you easily.

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 00:41

28. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

haha u do realize that apple has 53% right?

thats means everything else can't equal or be better... if u cudnt do the math just wanted to point it out

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 00:43

53. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)

Just because Apple has more use on a BROWSER, doesn't mean they have more market share. That is a completely different story, in which iPhone would lose. Just because iOS is forced to use Safari, doesn't make it the best. It just shows that you guys have a ball squeezed platform, and you are basically stuck with what you are given. You all need to be adopted by Steve Jobs.... Little iKids.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 22:12

14. gargoyle (Posts: 14; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)

it is true that android has some great phones and that the android phone market is alot higher than ios, but if u look at the article it points out that they include the tablets. android has some great tablets out there but most corporations use ipads and that is going to put the ios up there in use, sense corporations buy alot for there top pp.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 22:21 1

16. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Could there be pirated versions of iOS on Android devices? (Eeeek!) Just saying - since Apple hasn't made thaaat many handset sales.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 22:24

17. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)

That would be hilarious. I'd throw it on for the hell of it, but switch it back the next day from boredom lmao.

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 00:18 2

24. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

Well if Android users are going as far as pirating Safari when they have "sooo many options" then that just further establishes Safari as the better browser doesn't it?

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 00:47

54. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)

Not exactly. Usually Android users like to have variety, and try things before they make a final decision on what is considered the best. It is the same with porting a custom ROM, all the way to getting a wallpaper from another phone. Basically, it is because "Android let us do that." Not because it is a better browser.

Safari sucks without Flash IMO.

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 03:10

56. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

If you threw on Safari just for the hell of it and never used, then you'd be right and it would have little to no effect on the percentages above. If Android users download Safari and use it consistently and as the main browser enough to make a difference in the Safari data above (like you first suggested), then I'd be right.

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 10:14

59. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)

True. That would stop all of the jawing on iOS and Android lol.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 22:36

19. Eingild21 (unregistered)

Of course, the stock android browser will lose by a pretty large margin since every android device manufacturer puts their own browser in the handset. Samsung for example uses dolfin as their proprietary browser. .

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 23:48 3

21. sgogeta4 (Posts: 394; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)

What useless stats. Anyone can twist figures to emphasize one side of the story. Even if the above figures are true, what relevance does it have to anything?

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 00:21 3

25. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

That Safari is the best browser......

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 00:35

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posted on 05 Sep 2011, 00:38 2

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posted on 05 Sep 2011, 01:30

29. pongkie (Posts: 538; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)

Thanks to Mr. Steve Jobs lets see if Mr. Cook can keep their market next year

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 01:56 1

30. Ahmadgotballs (unregistered)

Most smart Android user will prefer to browser net from their PC with that's massive 20" screen. Why need to hold the damn screen while webbrowsing?? I prefer web browsing with one hand on the mouse & one hand holding my snack or drink!!
I bet u can't to that with your iPads + Safari ^_^

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 04:18

35. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 408; Member since: 24 May 2011)

lol..so true....

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 23:47

52. Stuntman (Posts: 836; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

Tablets and phones have the advantage that they take seconds to wake instead of minutes to boot up.

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 02:00

31. TryllZ (unregistered)

presumably this news is sold by apple themselves, and this loser group netapplication bought it...what a bunch of losers...both of em...

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 06:50

38. andro (unregistered)

We always knew there were 50 percent of the world out there stupid enough to be under apples control

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 06:58

40. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)

Where's dolphin browser ?

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 09:39

58. Synack (Posts: 677; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)

Never had anything but a Samsung Android. Never wanted anything BUT a Samsung Android. Once you go SAMOLED you can't go back. Oh and I find myself trying to do something on my friends iPhone walking down the street and I consistently have to grab mine to pull up the same thing faster and visually. SAMOLED + LTE.

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 23:24

62. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)

Until you see the clarity on an iPhone screen, the AMOLED screen will always look the best. But when you turn the brightness all the way up on the iPhone, and have the higher ISP and resolution, you would think otherwise. LED just changes the contrast colors. HD screens are better IMO.

When I was reading a magazine article on my friends iPhone yesterday, the text looked like real ink on real paper. My typing also improved as well with more pixels, giving better accuracy.

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