Mobile browser stats for June and Q2

And here are the mobile browser stats for June and for all of Q2 according to StatCounter. Remember that the methodology of the detection changed in late April.

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June

There are some small changes among the big five. After several months of slow shifting this is the first month that Opera is clearly larger than Safari. In fact, the 23% vs. 20% share is exactly the opposite of December’s. That’s not to say that this is a trend that will continue for the next few months, but it should nonetheless cause happy faces at the Opera offices.

Android stubbornly continues to refuse to grow beyond Nokia. In fact. Nokia gains slightly on Android in June. Again, this is not necessarily the start of a trend, but my earlier prediction that Android would grow beyond Nokia in the first half of 2011 is clearly incorrect.

Android’s momentum has stalled, and Symbian users are slowly starting to surf the web, too. Remember that the installed base of Nokia WebKit is larger than that of IE, and you’ll understand how a serious shift in Symbian users’ surfing habits will influence the browser stats. For now the growth is very modest, though.

BlackBerry is now clearly in fifth position, and it’s not very likely it’s going to threaten Nokia and Android again, let alone Opera and Safari. BlackBerry’s score of 18% in December was clearly its heyday.

Little change in the long tail. NetFront recaptures a point it had lost through a StatCounter bug. Also, UC, the Chinese proxy browser, is back in the list, despite losing lots of share in its home market. It profits from my more relaxed methodology.

Global browser stats, June 2011
Browser June 2011 ch May 2011 Remarks
Opera 23% +1 22% Mini and Mobile combined
Safari 20% -2 22% iPhone and iPod Touch. iPad not included.
Nokia 18% +1 17%
Android 17% 0 17% Includes 2.x tablets
BlackBerry 12% -1 13% WebKit-based BB6 browser still marginal
NetFront 3% +1 2%
Jasmine 1% 0 1% Samsung NetFront-based and early WebKit-based
Obigo 1% 0 1% For LG phones as well as Brew MP. Version 10 is WebKit-based
Dolfin 1% 0 1% Samsung bada
UC 1% +1 0 Chinese proxy browser
Other 3% -1 4%
Volatility 4%
WebKit 57% -1 58% Safari, Nokia, Android, Dolfin, 10% of BlackBerry
Mobile 7% +1 6% Mobile browsing as percentage of all browsing

Q2

With June known we can also calculate the overall stats for Q2. No huge surprises here; the difference between Opera and Safari and that between Nokia and Android isn’t clearly visible yet, but I assume the Q3 figures will be clearer in that regard.

Global browser stats, Q2 2011
Browser Q2 2011 ch Q1 2011 ch Q4 2010 Remarks
Opera 22% +1 21% -1 22%
Safari 22% -3 25% +2 23%
Nokia 17% +1 16% 0 16%
Android 17% +2 15% +3 12%
BlackBerry 13% -1 14% -4 18%
NetFront 3% -1 4% 0 4%
Jasmine 1% +1 - - -
Obigo 1% +1 - - -
Samsung 1% -1 2% +1 1% Real change +1
UC 1% +1 0 0 0
Dolfin 1% +1 - - -
Other 1% -2 3% -1 4%
Volatility 8% 6%
WebKit 58% 0 58% +6 52% Safari, Nokia, Android, Dolfin, 10% of BB
Mobile 6% +1 5% +1 4% Mobile browsing as percentage of all browsing

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