Mobile browser wars continue, desktop browser shares remain unchanged

 

 

It's that time of the month folks. Net Applications has just released its data on web browsers and traffic for March. This month, they have posted some interesting results among the normal results one typically sees in the browser markets.

Safari has seen some losses lately due to the competition from other mobile browsers. It looks like some of that loss has been gained back, however. Safari rose to hold more than 61.79 percent of web traffic on mobile devices, which is an six percentage point increase from February. Android's stock browser held second place at 21.86 percent and Internet Explorer holds 2 percent for mobile traffic.

The gain by Safari is semi-unexpected, due to the fact that it has been losing share or remaining level for the last year. Gains are to be expected relating to Android browsers and Internet Explorer, due to the rise of popularity of Android and WP8 devices.

The most popular version of mobile Safari is Safari 6.0, which holds 38.5 percent of market share (indicates that these devices run iOS 6.x). In Android, the most popular version is Android Browser 4.0, which holds 21.5 percent of share.  

The desktop market remains unchanged, for the most part. IE10 saw a rise to 2.9 percent from its 1.6 percent share in February. The rest of the market remained unchanged, however. Internet Explorer had a 55.8 percent share, followed by Firefox with 20.2 percent, and Chrome with 16.4 percent (Chrome has dropped in market share over the last year).

Image Courtesy of: Net Applications

Source: Net Applications

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DEAR EDITOR,

When you publish articles like this can you please start qualifying them? Are these numbers for USA, Western Civilisation, Global or what? If you're going to publish statistics you need to let us know statistics for what.

Since somewhere around 35% of all mobile devices are used in China and iPhone can't do 3G in China that would mean that outside China Safari has a market share of around 90%. Obviously it doesn't.

I assume these numbers are for the USA only? Or USA and Canada? Maybe you haven't heard yet but the rest of the world has mobile devices, browsers and Internet traffic too.

If you want to be taken seriously, you need to buck up your editorial skills.

Major Plonquer said,
DEAR EDITOR,

When you publish articles like this can you please start qualifying them? Are these numbers for USA, Western Civilisation, Global or what? If you're going to publish statistics you need to let us know statistics for what.

Since somewhere around 35% of all mobile devices are used in China and iPhone can't do 3G in China that would mean that outside China Safari has a market share of around 90%. Obviously it doesn't.

I assume these numbers are for the USA only? Or USA and Canada? Maybe you haven't heard yet but the rest of the world has mobile devices, browsers and Internet traffic too.

If you want to be taken seriously, you need to buck up your editorial skills.

These are global, just check the source article link.

Major Plonquer said,
DEAR EDITOR,

When you publish articles like this can you please start qualifying them? Are these numbers for USA, Western Civilisation, Global or what? If you're going to publish statistics you need to let us know statistics for what.

Since somewhere around 35% of all mobile devices are used in China and iPhone can't do 3G in China that would mean that outside China Safari has a market share of around 90%. Obviously it doesn't.

I assume these numbers are for the USA only? Or USA and Canada? Maybe you haven't heard yet but the rest of the world has mobile devices, browsers and Internet traffic too.

If you want to be taken seriously, you need to buck up your editorial skills.

As noted before, these statistics are always global. Net Applications focuses on global traffic and share.

trihawk7 said,
Is the Android browser faster than Chrome, that's what I heard?
In some ways yeah... But for a smooth experience in like scrolling and zooming, Android browser does a better job.

Is there still a such thing as mobile browser wars? Do people really care? I mean, I just use whatever browser I'm in the mood in that day.

JHBrown said,
Is there still a such thing as mobile browser wars? Do people really care? I mean, I just use whatever browser I'm in the mood in that day.

I dont really care. Dont use the browser much on my phone but I do have Firefox and Chrome installed. Some things work better in FF and vise versa

That's at least 86% of UAs being based on the same rendering engine. I'd say it's like the IE6 days, but WebKit has it's own share of bugs between builds, so it's not like you can rely on it behaving the same between the front ends.