April and Q1 mobile browser stats

Here are the mobile browser statistics according to StatCounter for April 2011 as well as Q1 2011. Little change; boring entry.

April 2011

In April 2011 Safari and Opera gained 1 point, and BlackBerry and Samsung lost 1 point. That’s all.

Global browser stats, April 2011
Browser April 2011 ch March 2011 ch Feb 2011 Remarks
Safari 23% +1 22% -2 24% iPhone and iPod Touch. iPad not included.
Opera 22% +1 21% 0 21% Mini and Mobile combined
Nokia 16% 0 16% 0 16%
Android 15% 0 15% 0 15% Includes tablets
BlackBerry 13% -1 14% 0 14% WebKit-based BB6 browser still marginal
NetFront 4% 0 4% 0 4%
Samsung 1% -1 2% 0 2% bada
Other 6% 0 6% +2 4%
Volatility 2% 2%
WebKit 55% 0 55% -2 57% Safari, Nokia, Android, Samsung
Mobile 5% 0 5% +1 4% Mobile browsing as percentage of all browsing

Samsung’s loss surprises me; according to theory it should be a global winner. But maybe it’s a statistical artifact that will be corrected next month.

Q1 2011

Then the Q1 2011 stats; I could have published these last month but I forgot due to my impending travels.

Here we see a shift towards Android and Safari, while BlackBerry loses ground. It’s clear now that BlackBerry’s 18% in Q4 2010 was its high-water mark, and that it is going down. Meanwhile Android remains the big winner (again 3 points growth), while Safari and Nokia remain roughly stable and Opera loses very slowly.

The struggle for the third place remains unpredictable: Nokia leads now, where last quarter it was BlackBerry. Despite its growth Android does not seem to be able to move beyond place 4. But maybe next quarter.

Global browser stats, Q1 2011
Browser Q1 2011 ch Q4 2010 ch Q3 2010 Remarks
Safari 25% +2 23% -2 25%
Opera 21% -1 22% -2 24%
Nokia 16% 0 16% -1 17%
Android 15% +3 12% +3 9%
BlackBerry 14% -4 18% +1 17%
NetFront 4% 0 4% 0 4%
Samsung 2% +1 1% 0 1%
Other 3% -1 4% +1 3%
Volatility 6% 5%
WebKit 58% +6 52% 0 52% Safari, Nokia, Android, Samsung
Mobile 5% +1 4% +1 3% Mobile browsing as percentage of all browsing

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