Browser stats for December, Q4, and 2011

It’s time for the browser stats for December; as always according to StatCounter. Since it’s the last month of the year, I can also give the aggregate stats for Q4 and for 2011 as a whole.

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December

Mobile

Opera once more overtakes Safari. It’s clear now that Android’s untrammeled growth has ended, and that the race for first position will continue to be between Opera and Safari.

Global mobile browser stats, December 2011
Browser December ch November ch October Remarks
Opera 24% +2 22% 0 22% Mini and Mobile combined
Safari 23% -1 24% +1 23% iPhone and iPod Touch
Android 20% 0 20% -1 21%
Nokia 13% +1 12% 0 12%
BlackBerry 8% 0 8% -1 9%
UC 5% 0 5% 0 5% Chinese proxy browser
NetFront 3% 0 3% 0 3%
Dolfin 1% 0 1% 0 1% Samsung bada
Samsung 1% 0 1% 0 1% Samsung’s non-Android, non-Jasmine, non-Dolfin browsers
Obigo 1% 0 1% 0 1% For LG phones as well as Brew MP. Version 10 is WebKit-based
Jasmine 0 -1 1% 0 1% Samsung NetFront-based and early WebKit-based
Other 1% -1 2% +1 1%
Volatility 3% 2%
WebKit 57% -1 58% 0 58% Safari, Nokia, Android, Dolfin, 10% of BlackBerry
Mobile 8% +1 7% 0 7% Mobile browsing as percentage of all browsing

Desktop

As was already known, Chrome has passed Firefox as the second browser. This change seems to be permanent: Firefox loses terrain every month, and Chrome wins it. Meanwhile IE is still going down, too.

Global desktop browser stats, December 2011
Browser December ch November ch October ch September
IE 39% -1 40% -2 42% 0 42%
Chrome 27% +2 25% +1 24% +1 23%
Firefox 25% -1 26% -1 27% 0 27%
Safari 6% 0 6% +1 5% 0 5%
Opera 2% 0 2% 0 2% 0 2%
Others 1% 0 1% +1 0 -1 1%
Volatility 2% 3% 1%

Q4

Mobile

In the quarterly overview we can see the most important changes in the mobile browser market. The top two are still Safari and Opera, with now the one then the other leading.

Just below the top two there has been a change. Where at the start of the year it was a very close race between Android, Nokia, and BlackBerry, the three have drifted apart decisively, with rather large differences between them. I expect that this won’t change any time soon.

StatCounter’s detect was changed in two important ways during this year:

  1. In early Q2 it introduced the Dolfin, Obigo, and Jasmine browsers as separate entries. I documented this change.
  2. In early Q4 it changed its detection for UC, the Chinese proxy browser. Turns out roughly 4% of the entire browser market was counted as Nokia, but should have been counted as UC. This accounts for a large part of Nokia’s drop.
Global mobile browser stats, Q4 2011
Browser Q4 ch Q3 ch Q2 ch Q1
Opera 23% +1 22% 0 22% +1 21%
Safari 23% +3 20% -2 22% -3 25%
Android 20% +1 19% +2 17% +2 15%
Nokia 12% -5 17% 0 17% +1 16%
BlackBerry 8% -4 12% -1 13% -1 14%
UC 5% +4 1% 0 1% +1 0
NetFront 3% -1 4% +1 3% -1 4%
Dolfin 1% 0 1% 0 1% +1 -
Obigo 1% 0 1% 0 1% +1 -
Samsung 1% 0 1% 0 1% -1 2%
Jasmine 1% 0 1% 0 1% +1 -
Other 2% +1 1% 0 1% -2 3%
Volatility 10% 3% 8%
WebKit 56% -2 58% 0 58% 0 58%
Mobile 7% 0 7% +1 6% +1 5%

Desktop

The quarterly desktop table shows that the trends we already noticed have been going on for the entire year. IE reliably loses 2 points per quarter; Firefox rather less, but it also loses. Chrome is surging.

Global desktop browser stats, Q4 2011
Browser Q4 ch Q3 ch Q2 ch Q1
IE 40% -2 42% -2 44% -2 46%
Firefox 26% -1 27% -2 29% -1 30%
Chrome 26% +3 23% +4 19% +2 17%
Safari 6% +1 5% 0 5% 0 5%
Opera 2% 0 2% 0 2% 0 2%
Others 0 -1 1% 0 1% +1 0
Volatility 4% 4% 3%

Year

Mobile

The yearly table reminds us how far Safari used to be in front of all other browsers, including Opera. It also shows Android’s surge, and BlackBerry’s rise and fall.

Global mobile browser stats 2011
Browser 2011 ch 2010 ch 2009
Safari 23% -2 25% -9 34%
Opera 22% -2 24% -1 25%
Android 18% +9 9% +6 3%
Nokia 15% -1 16% -3 19%
BlackBerry 11% -5 16% +8 8%
NetFront 3% -1 4% -1 5%
UC 2% +1 1% +1 0
Samsung 1% 0 1% +1 0
Dolfin 1% +1 - 0 -
Obigo 1% +1 - 0 -
Jasmine 1% +1 - 0 -
Other 2% -2 4% -2 6%
Volatility 13% 16%
WebKit 57% +6 51% -5 56%
Mobile 6% +3 3% +2 1%

Desktop

The yearly desktop table shows Chrome’s surge and IE’s fall from grace clearly. It also shows 2010 was Firefox’s heyday.

Global desktop browser stats, 2011
Browser 2011 ch 2010 ch 2009
IE 43% -8 51% -9 60%
Firefox 28% -3 31% +1 30%
Chrome 21% +11 10% +7 3%
Safari 5% +1 4% +1 3%
Opera 2% 0 2% -1 3%
Others 1% -1 2% +1 1%
Volatility 12% 10%

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