It’s time for the browser stats for January; as always according to StatCounter.
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Here are the aggregate numbers for the four device classes. I explain them and my methods here. Due to some very small market shares I use tenths of percents here, even though I don’t like it because it suggests a precision that’s not warranted.
In any case, desktop loses a bit of ground, with mobile and tablet picking up about the same amount.
Again a fairly boring month in mobile. Safari jumps ahead of Opera; doubtless next month Opera will again jump ahead of Safari. Android moves up once more, but its momentum is gone.
Jasmine, Samsung’s old browser, falls below the 0.5% threshold. BlackBerry again loses a point, as does Nokia.
So it’s a top three with Safari, Opera, and Android, and then a long tail where I expect little change in relative positions.
|Safari||24%||+1||23%||-1||24%||iPhone and iPod Touch|
|Opera||23%||-1||24%||+2||22%||Mini and Mobile|
I changed the method of calculating desktop browser shares: I first subtract tablets and others (duh!) before calculating shares. This mainly influences Safari’s total market share, which falls to 5%.
Other than that we see Chrome winning share and IE and Firefox losing, as has been the trend for the past few months.
And here are the tablet browsers. Safari loses a point to BlackBerry, but remains very, very solidly in the lead.
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