Here are the global mobile browser stats for May. Three new browsers entered the stats because both StatCounter and I changed our methodologies. These changes are detailed at the end of this entry.
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Despite the changes in detection, nothing much is happening among the big five. Android grows but still hasn’t passed Nokia, which also grows. Opera and Safari are back on the same level, after a brief Safari advantage.
All in all it seems the times of huge Android growth is past, which takes most of the dynamics out of the top five.
|Browser||May 2011||ch||April 2011||Remarks|
|Safari||22%||-1||23%||iPhone and iPod Touch. iPad not included.|
|Opera||22%||0||22%||Mini and Mobile combined|
|Android||17%||+2||15%||Includes 2.x tablets|
|BlackBerry||13%||0||13%||WebKit-based BB6 browser still marginal|
|NetFront||2%||-2||4%||Drop caused by bug; see below|
|Jasmine||1%||+1||-||NetFront-based and early WebKit-based|
|Obigo||1%||+1||-||For LG phones as well as Brew MP. Version 10 is WebKit-based|
|Samsung||0||-1||1%||Real change +1|
|Volatility||6%||3% due to StatCounter changes|
|WebKit||58%||+2||56%||Safari, Nokia, Android, Dolfin, 10% of BlackBerry|
|Mobile||6%||+1||5%||Mobile browsing as percentage of all browsing|
Now let’s take a look at the changes that took place under the hood.
In late April StatCounter made a few changes in its browser detection after I delivered a few bug reports and feature requests. The following list details those changes. Many thanks to the StatCounter team for the action and subsequent clarification.
The big five (Safari, Opera, Nokia, Android, BlackBerry) are not affected. The differences are in the long tail:
These changes are best visible in Brazil, where Jasmine and Obigo have relatively large market shares.
I also changed one aspect of my methodology: Until now my cut-off point was 1% of market share; browsers that had less were lumped together in Other. The cut-off point has been changed to 0.5%, and values between 0.5% and 0.99% are rounded to 1%.
What I did not do is re-calculate previous quarters according to these new rules. That would drive me mad very quickly.
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