Mobile Safari responsible for 55% of mobile browser usage in the U.S.

Mobile Safari responsible for 55% of mobile browser usage in the U.S.
According to analytics firm StatCounter, Apple's mobile Safari browser was responsible for 55% of mobile browsing in the U.S. last month. The data is derived from StatCounter's tracking of over 3 million websites. Following mobile Safari is Google's Chrome, which is available for Android and iOS. The latter accounted for 29.9% of mobile browsing in the states during March.

Other Android browsers were used for 9.5% of U.S. mobile browsing last month. Other notable mobile browsers include Amazon's Silk (1.63%), Microsoft's Mobile IE (1.17%) and the BlackBerry Browser (.47%). Mobile Safari is also the top browser employed on phones and tablets in other countries like the U.K., Australia, Canada and Japan.

StatCounter also measured the search preference of all Safari users (including both mobile and desktop). Google was by far their most popular search engine both Globally (87.9%) and in the U.S. (83%).

source: StatCounter via AppleInsider



1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Safari sucks, Mercury is much better and faster. Using Safari makes sense only if you're on jailbreak, then it turns into most capable browser but standard version is meh.

2. Sauce5 unregistered

Subjective. Also, not according to these stats.

3. AntiFanBoyz unregistered

Suckage and usage stats are very different things.

4. Sauce5 unregistered

From the looks of it, we should start making "I'm an angry fanboy" stats.

5. AntiFanBoyz unregistered

I... don't...know...what... that... means.

7. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well i tend to agree thats its not because its the most used thats its the best... Would you say the Corolla is the best car ever? still outsell any Audi , Porche , ferrari ect even if you put them all together. Also the most visited restaurant in USA is Mcdonald ... best restaurant too you would say?

10. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Maybe it's subjective but please just point one feature Safari has over other browsers. Not trying to be harsh but in my opinion it doesn't have one. And those usage stats are joke because people are forced to use Safari as default browser, so it's pretty obvious that most people use it.

13. InfiniteHeroX

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

I have an iPhone and a MacBook Air. I use Chrome on both of them. How are people with Apple Devices forced to use Safari? Chrome is available on the App Store.

14. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I mean, every link you want to open, in mail, SMS, Whatsapp you are forced to do it by Safari.

16. AntiFanBoyz unregistered

Notice he said "default browser"? Most people just use the default and you can't change the iOS default browser to anything besides Safari.

18. InfiniteHeroX

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

I realize he said default browser. Just because the device has a default browser doesn't mean you are forced to use it. A desktop PC has a default browser of IE, does that mean that every person is forced to use that? Didn't think so because I sure don't unless it is military related. I get what you are saying to a point @Wiencon, but most of my links open in Chrome and I use the Gmail app on my iPhone as I am not a fan of the mail app. Some links still try to open in Safari, but sometimes it gives me the option to open in Chrome.

21. AntiFanBoyz unregistered

But you can change the default browser on a PC.

20. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I use Safari over chtome solely because it's easier to use with one hand. For one hand the back and forward swipes are much easier vs chromes and the bottom menu is easier to reach.

26. seven7dust unregistered

completely agree on that safari is great for one handed use even on the iPhone 6 plus. on chrome every button is stupidly placed on the top part of the screen ,which is awful for switching tabs. safari bottom bar is far better for one handed use. even the back swipe is better to navigate back and forward.

22. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

McDonalds food is best, according to food stats. Good luck with those logics.

23. Sauce5 unregistered

Did I say that "Safari is the best!"? No. I said his comment about "Safari sucks" is subjective, and obviously it doesn't "suck" if so many people choose it over chrome. Good with those logics and engrishes

30. AntiFanBoyz unregistered

Still failing at logic. You're right it's subjective, you're wrong that stats have anything to do with whether it sucks or not. In fact, your two premises are completely logically contradictory. Good luck with learning about logical consistency.

31. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Cute attempt to dodge but the anology stands, because you're still linking quality directly to populurity stats. Directly translated, you're saying the stats tell us that McDonalds food doesn't suck. More good luck with those logics.

15. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

I miss safari...

24. gaming64 unregistered

You ass, even without jailbreak, Safari is fast. It's even faster than Chrome on my iPad. The only time it sucked was before iOS 7

6. LessThanDoug

Posts: 54; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

55% includes tablets too.

8. Sauce5 unregistered

9.51% includes tablets too.

11. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Android use Google chrome btw ( unless you use a very very old tablet )

9. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

I use ONLY Chrome on my iPhone and iMac... And Note 4. O.o "Say OK Google"

12. shm224

Posts: 295; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

why are iOS users still running web browsers? According recent usage surveys, web browsing accounts for less than 10% of all mobile device usage share, so does it even matter?

27. seven7dust unregistered

those are anecdotal surveys. most people i know use browsers more than apps on their iPhones and iPads.

17. Legnaldo

Posts: 63; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I am Jack's total lack of suprise.

19. AlikMalix unregistered

I love safari, it's clean, crisp, clears your history instantly(lol), reader mode is unmatched, really wish there was a PC version like this one (current PC version is jittery when scrolling). Safari on iOS is one of many things I'll miss if I had to switch to android.

25. gaming64 unregistered

I see what you did there but yes Safari is crisp clean amd fast too. Havent tried Chrome on high ends but I still bet its fast.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Don't bother with chrome for iOS. It's laggy as heck, and needs an update. I installed and uninstalled it the other day.

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