Report: Android now most popular mobile web browser

A few days ago we reported on the latest web browser stats for the PC. However, browsing on the web via a mobile device is certainly becoming more and more popular. Now a new report from StatCounter claims that Google's Android web browser has now become the world's most popular in the mobile space.

The charts show that for February 2012, Android was used used by 22.67 percent of worldwide mobile web users, just ahead of the previous leader Opera at 21.7 percent. Android has been steadily gaining in the mobile web browsing market share space for the past year. In February 2011 it was only at 14.7 percent.

The charts also show Apple's iPhone in the number three position at 21.06 percent. StatCounter separates the iPhone from the iPod Touch, which basically uses the same Safari browser. In February 2012 the charts show the iPod Touch with a 4.3 percent market share, so a case could be made that the Safari web browsing experience is now ahead of Android and Opera.

Nokia's web browser is a distant fourth at just 11.24 percent in this report while Blackberry is an even more distant fifth at 6.53 percent. Blackberry's market share has taken the biggest drop in the past year. In February 2011 it was at 14.53 percent.

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StatsCounter is unreliable because it doesn't count unique views or viewers. I wish people stopped referring to it.

http://gs.statcounter.com/#mob...w-monthly-201102-201202-bar
http://gs.statcounter.com/#mob...w-monthly-201201-201202-bar
http://gs.statcounter.com/#mob...w-monthly-201202-201202-bar
http://gs.statcounter.com/#mob...w-monthly-201203-201203-bar

yes for sure android is catching up with opera but it is not in the number 1 spot. even from year to year or month to month or just over the last 20 days, worldwide it still shows opera as number 1. as you can see from the above links android did outperform opera for the month of feb, jan still had opera as number 1, and march so far has opera as number 1 and for the yearly period above opera was number 1 worlwide.

Edited by korupt_one, Mar 4 2012, 11:25pm :

Interesting how Dolphin is at the bottom of the list (just above 'other'). That's been my favorite browser on my Android phone since I got it.

korupt_one said,
I wish neowin when posting this crap would include worldwide figures when saying something is number 1, the USA is not worldwide and according to the same site the number 1 os worldwide is??????

http://gs.statcounter.com/#mob...w-monthly-201102-201202-bar

so again android fans are again in dreamland with there number 1 spot.

iOS is only about a percentage point above android. Even though android has multiple browsers to choose from while iOS only has one. Android should overtake iOS shortly with the amount of devices being released.

[quote=Razorfolds said,]That is the worldwide stats.

Difference is you're looking at Mobile OSes, the article is talking about mobile browsers:[/quote]
yes for worldwide stats on mobile browser, not north America as the story says android is number 1 in the world when infact opera is number 1 worldwide, when replying pick the right link above, here it is again for worldwide stats for mobile browser
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http://gs.statcounter.com/#mob...w-monthly-201102-201202-bar

Shea J said,

iOS is only about a percentage point above android. Even though android has multiple browsers to choose from while iOS only has one. Android should overtake iOS shortly with the amount of devices being released.

I love your so-called facts, just wanted to prove you wrong (yet again).

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app...eb-browser/id363729560?mt=8
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app...eb-browser/id308111628?mt=8
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app...r-lite-the/id331012646?mt=8
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app...eb-browser/id384941497?mt=8
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app...screen-web/id302678135?mt=8

Just to name a few. So, you were saying?

korupt_one said,
im sure if all ios devices were together, ipod, iphone, ipad then I don't think android would be top browser.

iPod and iPhone should be bundled together yes but the iPad is too big to be really considered a mobile so it's not been included in these stats.

korupt_one said,
im sure if all ios devices were together, ipod, iphone, ipad then I don't think android would be top browser.

If opera for Android and Dolphin were in android i think android would remain on top.

DaveBG said,

If opera for Android and Dolphin were in android i think android would remain on top.

If you properly broke those two browsers up into their respective usage statistics for each platform (Android, iOS, Symbian, etc.), then sure, it'd be fair. I'd wager a majority of the Opera users aren't Android users.

Splitting iPod touch and iPhone apart is just plain weird, though. They're the exact same browser.

korupt_one said,
just pointless again, very bias, did this come from google or paid for by google.

Statcounter isn't funded by Google -.^

korupt_one said,
just pointless again, very bias, did this come from google or paid for by google.

Statcounter isn't funded by Google -.^

Elliott said,
They're counting Android as a single unit. Why not count iOS the same way?

The default web browser on any Android phone is Android Browser. The default browser on any iOS device is Safari Browser. Why not count Safari in this study?

Especially when the future of Android will be Chrome Browser and not Android Browser. Very strange how they do that.

bbfc_uk said,
Exactly. Why is the iPhone and iPod Touch shown separately. It's the same browser!? This graph seems awfully bias.

Yeah also most of the Opera and Dolphin are Android too... why they separate them...

DaveBG said,

Yeah also most of the Opera and Dolphin are Android too... why they separate them...

Is that what they did? That is not a good breakdown then for either platform.

Wasn't there a news article a while back that talked about how Android users didn't actually browse the web that much from their smartphones?

ichi said,
Wasn't there a news article a while back that talked about how Android users didn't actually browse the web that much from their smartphones?
I've tried that. It got annoying downloading a site's app in the market just to open the app and it just be the actual mobile site in a app frame.. Why do they do that!

Rudie32 said,
I've tried that. It got annoying downloading a site's app in the market just to open the app and it just be the actual mobile site in a app frame.. Why do they do that!

Because it's cheap, easy, and gives your site some exposure through the Market (even if only to discover that the app is no better than just opening the browser).

But that's not what I was talking about anyway.

Enron said,
Like which ones? Pardon my ignorance here.
I've been using opera on my smartphones since my touch pro 2! And before that with my old sony ericsson 2g flip phone. lol

bbfc_uk said,

Opera is terrible on iOS.

There's only so much they can do on Mini, which doesn't render webpages as is. And this will remain until Apple relaxes their App Store guidelines. Same reason as to why a proper Firefox mobile for iOS won't make it in the App Store.

bbfc_uk said,

Opera is terrible on iOS.

That's because Opera wasn't allowed to put Opera Mobile on iOS, they had to make do with Opera Mini.

bbfc_uk said,

Opera is terrible on iOS.

Well iOS is terrible alone. I have opera on Android and it is great. Better that stock browser.