Here are the July mobile browser stats. The StatCounter change has been fully integrated, which means we’re back to normal but with a few extra browsers in the long tail.
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The main news this month is that Android finally passes Nokia and becomes the third-largest mobile browser. It has taken its time; I’ve been expecting this ever since April or so.
Other than that not much happens. NetFront wins a point after recovering from a StatCounter bug and is back to its customary 4%; Opera loses a point but is still clearly ahead of Safari for the second month in a row, and there are some minor changes at the bottom of the market.
All in all yet another boring month.
|Browser||July 2011||ch||June 2011||Remarks|
|Opera||22%||-1||23%||Mini and Mobile combined|
|Safari||20%||0||20%||iPhone and iPod Touch. iPad not included.|
|Android||18%||+1||17%||Includes 2.x tablets|
|Obigo||1%||0||1%||For LG phones as well as Brew MP. Version 10 is WebKit-based|
|Jasmine||1%||0||1%||Samsung NetFront-based and early WebKit-based|
|UC||1%||0||1%||Chinese proxy browser|
|Samsung||1%||+1||0||Samsung’s non-Android, non-Jasmine, non-Dolfin browsers|
|WebKit||57%||0||57%||Safari, Nokia, Android, Dolfin, 10% of BlackBerry|
|Mobile||7%||0||7%||Mobile browsing as percentage of all browsing|
Let’s spice things up by doing a year-over-year comparison for July. The main conclusion must be that Android won an immense amount of market share, and that most of it comes form Opera and Safari. Surprising.
|Browser||July 2011||ch||July 2010||Remarks|
|Opera||22%||-2||24%||Mini and Mobile combined|
|Safari||20%||-4||24%||iPhone and iPod Touch. iPad not included.|
|Android||18%||+10||8%||Includes 2.x tablets|
|Samsung||3%||+2||1%||Samsung’s non-Android browsers|
|UC||1%||0||1%||Chinese proxy browser|
|Sony PSP||0||-1||1%||PlayStation Portable. NetFront-based|
|Bolt||0||-1||1%||WebKit-based proxy browser|
|WebKit||57%||+7||50%||Safari, Nokia, Android, Bolt|
|Mobile||7%||+4||3%||Mobile browsing as percentage of all browsing|
More interesting is the long tail. Four browsers that still marginally made the threshold a year ago have now all but disappeared globally: Sony PlayStation, Openwave, Bolt, and Palm. Instead, the Samsung browsers, Obigo and UC now rule the long-tail roost.
Also interesting is that in one year the Big Five have retained exactly 89% of the market. The story of the past twelve months is one of the shifts within the Big Five. The other browsers don’t matter all that much — yet.
Finally, take a look at the last row. Mobile browsing has more than doubled in importance in a year: from 3% of all browsing to 7%. That’s growth.
Let’s spice up things even more and assign specific browser percentages to specific OSs. Which browser, exactly, do the Symbian users use?
This is necessarily a rough estimate; I don’t want to use fractions, and I’m not totally certain of the exact spread of Opera and NetFront among the various OSs. So what follows is only an indication.
|OS||July 2011||OS vendor||Opera||Other|
iOS and BlackBerry are easy: there is so little mismatch between OS and browser figures that other browsers (mainly Opera) don’t even make it to 1%.
Symbian and Android are also easy. There is a mismatch between OS and browser figures (in the case of Symbian a significant mismatch), but the only browser that can possibly fill it up is Opera. That accounts for 16 of Opera’s 22%; and also for Nokia’s dislike of Opera.
From here on things get more sketchy. I give the larger part of the Unknown OS to Opera, because Opera Mini does not always give platform information, which forces StatCounter to count it as Unknown. Still, I give the Other browsers a little bit, too.
As to Samsung and the other OSs, this is more guesswork than anything else. I give Opera a little share here, but the main share goes to the other browsers, especially NetFront.
I’m working with various browser vendors to get a better idea of what’s going on in the long tail of the market. I hope to be able to make better guesses next month.
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