In the mobile front, Android’s standing was stronger at the end of 2012 than it was at the beginning, putting it in a comfortable second spot of 22%. Opera mini saw decline through the year, but made a noticeable uptick to keep itself above a 10% share at the year’s end. Microsoft’s place on the mobile web is noteworthy because for the first time in years, it broke more than 1% at the end of 2012. Yes, that is still miniscule, but that is an indicator of strong growth, since 1% of a larger market compared to two years ago may indicate that Windows Phone is gaining some traction. Symbian is still moving the needle with 0.77%, BlackBerry is a point higher at 1.77%. Safari dominates with over 60% share of the mobile browser landscape.
In desktop browsers, Internet Explorer maintained it dominance thanks to continued strength in Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 9, giving it an overall market share of about 55%. Firefox held on to second place at just under 20% while Chrome gained a sliver of ground to just a hair over 18%. The rest of the field (Safari, Opera, etc) were all well under 10%.
The interesting news lies with Microsoft, despite its minute, yet significant gain in mobile, and its commanding hold in the desktop overall, according to data from Net Market Share, Windows 8 registered 1.72% compared to 45% for Windows 7 and 39% for Windows XP, which is not a stellar showing for Windows 8. Akamai is not identifying Internet Explorer 10 in its statistics yet, but is registering an “unknown” browser, noting a sharp increase on Christmas day from 1.3% to 2.4%. That may mean a bunch of Surface tablets and Windows 8 computers got unwrapped.
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source: Ars Technica