Browser stats for January

It’s time for the browser stats for January; as always according to StatCounter.

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Four classes

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.

Device classes, January 2012
Class January ch December
Desktop 89.6% -0.7 90.3%
Mobile 8.1% +0.4 7.7%
Tablets 1.8% +0.3 1.5%
Other 0.5% 0 0.5%
Volatility 0.7%

Mobile

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.

Global mobile browser stats, January 2012
Browser January ch December ch November Remarks
Safari 24% +1 23% -1 24% iPhone and iPod Touch
Opera 23% -1 24% +2 22% Mini and Mobile
Android 21% +1 20% 0 20%
Nokia 12% -1 13% +1 12%
BlackBerry 7% -1 8% 0 8%
UC 5% 0 5% 0 5% Chinese
NetFront 3% 0 3% 0 3%
Dolfin 1% 0 1% 0 1% Samsung bada
Samsung 1% 0 1% 0 1% Other Samsung
Obigo 1% 0 1% 0 1%
Other 2% +1 1% -2 3% Includes Jasmine
Volatility 3% 3%
WebKit 58% +1 57% -1 58%
Mobile 8% 0 8% +1 7%

Desktop

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.

Global desktop browser stats, January 2012
Browser January ch December
IE 38% -1 39%
Chrome 29% +1 28%
Firefox 25% -1 26%
Safari 5% 0 5%
Opera 2% 0 2%
Others 1% +1 0
Volatility 2%

Tablet browsers

And here are the tablet browsers. Safari loses a point to BlackBerry, but remains very, very solidly in the lead.

Global tablet browser stats, January 2012
Browser January ch December
Safari 86% -1 87%
Android 12% 0 12%
BlackBerry 2% +1 1%
webOS 1% 0 1%
Volatility 1%

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