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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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.
|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.|
|Android||17%||0||17%||Includes 2.x tablets|
|BlackBerry||12%||-1||13%||WebKit-based BB6 browser still marginal|
|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|
|UC||1%||+1||0||Chinese proxy browser|
|WebKit||57%||-1||58%||Safari, Nokia, Android, Dolfin, 10% of BlackBerry|
|Mobile||7%||+1||6%||Mobile browsing as percentage of all browsing|
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.
|Browser||Q2 2011||ch||Q1 2011||ch||Q4 2010||Remarks|
|Samsung||1%||-1||2%||+1||1%||Real change +1|
|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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