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



1. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

I cant wait for the comments on this.

50. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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!!

60. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

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

2. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 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.

7. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

My thoughs exactly

47. RageQuit

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 05, 2011

You're stupid.

3. shamu unregistered

chrome for mobile = a dream

33. shafboy

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 26, 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.

4. ChiX unregistered


5. Clevername2 unregistered

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

9. baldilocks

Posts: 1538; Member since: Dec 14, 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.....

13. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 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.

18. baldilocks

Posts: 1538; Member since: Dec 14, 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.

42. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 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.

48. RageQuit

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 05, 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. Balddilocks 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.

49. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 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.

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.

6. pfft unregistered

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

8. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 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.

11. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 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.

23. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

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

32. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 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.

34. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 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?

37. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

12. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 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.

15. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 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.

20. iankellogg

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 15, 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.

22. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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?

36. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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!

44. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

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