Android Browser becomes #1 mobile browser in the world

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.



source: StatCounter via AndroidAuthority

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28 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

3. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

opera for mobile is great

15. abhishek48

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 19, 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...

28. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 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?

2. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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/

4. shayan

Posts: 159; Member since: Sep 09, 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?

8. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

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

19. pbui.818

Posts: 78; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

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

5. kellkeezy

Posts: 57; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

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

9. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

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

14. abhishek48

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

bad joke

6. jellytime

Posts: 135; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Android browser for porn opera for reading tech news

7. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

11. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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.

24. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

25. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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.

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

23. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

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

26. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

And then you rely to insults grow up

27. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

20. pbui.818

Posts: 78; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

KHTML Konquerer KDE

10. Toad222

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Opera is still amazing for me on Mobile and Desktop.

12. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

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

13. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

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

16. samfrancisco

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 26, 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.

17. uzairkhan1994

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 04, 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!!!

21. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Opera FTW!

22. pbui.818

Posts: 78; Member since: Feb 06, 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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