Q4 2011 mobile browser stats for 12 countries 2/2

Today we’ll finish the report on the Q2 2011 mobile browser stats according to StatCounter by treating the six countries with the least mobile browsing market share.

This post treats the second six countries. Part 1, which treated the first six, appeared two weeks ago. Your donation for keeping this series up and running would be much appreciated.

Mexico

Mexico saw a shrinkage of the mobile web, and also saw Opera and Nokia lose a lot of terrain to Safari and Android. Unlike most of the other abrupt changes I chronicle in this series, I have a vague clue what’s going on here.

Back in January 2011 a hack was discovered that allowed Opera Mini users to get free mobile internet on the T3LC3L network. As a result, Opera use and mobile use in general went through the roof.

Predictably, the operator was less than amused and closed the gap in May. (Not really a quick response, but still.) Ever since the Mexican mobile market has been reverting to the mean, and that means shedding Opera market share and mobile share in general. Incidentally, it looks like a lot of iPhone users temporarily made the switch to Opera, and they’re now going back to Safari.

I’m less sure where Nokia comes in, though. Maybe its fall is a simultaneous but unconnected movement from old Symbian smartphones to more modern iPhone and Android ones.

Q4 2011 mobile browser stats for Mexico
Browser Q4 2011 ch Q3 2011 ch Q2 2011 Remarks
Safari 24% +9 15% 0 15%
Opera 22% -6 28% -9 37%
Android 19% +7 12% +5 7%
Nokia 18% -6 24% +1 23%
BlackBerry 8% -2 10% +1 9%
NetFront 2% 0 2% 0 2%
Obigo 2% -1 3% +1 2%
Sony PSP 1% 0 1% 0 1% Play Station Portable. NetFront-based.
Sony Ericsson 1% 0 1% 0 1% NetFront-based
Dolfin 1% 0 1% 0 1%
Openwave 1% +1 0 0 0
Bolt 1% 0 1% +1 0
Jasmine 0 -1 1% +1 0
Motorola 0 -1 1% +1 0
Other 0 0 0 -2 2%
Volatility 17% 11%
WebKit 73% +20 53% +7 46% Safari, Nokia, Android, Dolfin
Mobile 5% -1 6% 0 6% Mobile browsing as percentage of all browsing

Brazil

Brazil remains the most confusing, complicated mobile browser market in this study. That may end, though: it’s Android and Safari that are winning most market share right now, and a lot of other browsers, including Opera, are losing share. That could mean Brazilians, too, are switching to iPhone and Android. Let’s wait for the Q1 figures before taking a final decision, though.

Q4 2011 mobile browser stats for Brazil
Browser Q4 2011 ch Q3 2011 ch Q2 2011 Remarks
Nokia 30% +1 29% -3 32%
Opera 22% -3 25% +2 23%
Android 14% +6 8% +2 6%
Obigo 10% +1 9% +2 7%
NetFront 6% -3 9% +2 7%
Safari 6% +3 3% 0 3%
Jasmine 4% -3 7% +1 6%
Samsung 2% +1 1% -2 3%
Dolfin 1% 0 1% 0 1%
Openwave 1% 0 1% 0 1%
Sony Ericsson 1% 0 1% 0 1%
Bolt 1% 0 1% 0 1% WebKit-based proxy browser
BlackBerry 1% 0 1% 0 1%
Motorola 0 -3 3% -1 4%
Other 1% 0 1% -3 4%
Volatility 12% 9%
WebKit 52% +10 42% 0 42% Safari, Nokia, Dolfin, Android, Bolt
Mobile 4% 0 4% +1 3% Mobile browsing as percentage of all browsing

China

China, too, is seeing some modernisation, with Android jumping to the number two slot, after native son UC.

Q4 2011 mobile browser stats for China
Browser Q4 2011 ch Q3 2011 ch Q2 2011 Remarks
UC 57% -5 62% +9 53% Proxy browser
Android 14% +9 5% +1 4%
Nokia 12% -4 16% -9 25%
Safari 12% 0 12% -1 13%
Opera 2% 0 2% 0 2%
Samsung 1% 0 1% 0 1%
Sony Ericsson 0 -1 1% 0 1% NetFront-based
Other 2% +1 1% 0 1%
Volatility 10% 10%
WebKit 38% +5 33% -9 42% Safari, Nokia, Android
Mobile 4% 0 4% +1 3% Mobile browsing as percentage of all browsing

The Netherlands

In the Netherlands, too, Android is the big winner, taking share equally from the other browsers. It’s now clearly in direct competition with Safari, and may even overtake it.

Q4 2011 mobile browser stats for the Netherlands
Browser Q4 2011 ch Q3 2011 ch Q2 2011 Remarks
Safari 46% -1 47% -3 50%
Android 41% +4 37% +5 32%
BlackBerry 5% -1 6% +1 5%
Nokia 3% -2 5% -2 7%
Opera 3% 0 3% 0 3%
Dolfin 0 -1 1% 0 1%
Other 2% +1 1% -1 2%
Volatility 5% 6%
WebKit 90% 0 90% 0 90% Safari, Nokia, Android, Dolfin, 10% of BlackBerry
Mobile 4% 0 4% +1 3% Mobile browsing as percentage of all browsing

Egypt

Something different is happening in Egypt: Nokia is gaining a lot of market share, mainly from Opera. What could be the case is that it’s in fact the Ovi browser, Nokia’s answer to Opera Mini, succeeding and pushing Opera out of the market. Without more detailed stats it’s impossible to say whether this is actually going on, though.

Also, the mobile share of all browsing roughly doubled last quarter. Is there any relation with Nokia’s better numbers?

Q4 2011 mobile browser stats for Egypt
Browser Q4 2011 ch Q3 2011 ch Q2 2011 Remarks
Opera 45% -5 50% -11 61%
Nokia 39% +9 30% +4 26%
Safari 5% -1 6% +1 5%
Android 3% -1 4% +2 2%
BlackBerry 2% -1 3% +1 2%
NetFront 1% 0 1% 0 1%
UC 1% +1 - - -
Dolfin 1% 0 1% 0 1%
Jasmine 1% 0 1% 0 1%
Other 2% -2 4% +3 1%
Volatility 10% 11%
WebKit 48% +7 41% +7 34% Safari, Nokia, Dolfin, Android
Mobile 4% +2 2% 0 2% Mobile browsing as percentage of all browsing

Poland

In Poland, finally, Android is also the big winner. It’s not yet in a position to challenge Opera, but that might happen later. Note that Safari is shrinking in Poland.

Q4 2011 mobile browser stats for Poland
Browser Q4 2011 ch Q3 2011 ch Q2 2011 Remarks
Opera 53% +1 52% -3 55%
Android 21% +4 17% +3 14%
Nokia 9% 0 9% 0 9%
Safari 6% -2 8% -1 9%
Dolfin 4% 0 4% +1 3%
NetFront 3% -1 4% 0 4%
Bolt 1% 0 1% 0 1% WebKit-based proxy browser
Sony PSP 1% +1 0 0 0 WebKit-based proxy browser
Obigo 0 -1 1% 0 1%
Jasmine 0 -1 1% 0 1%
LG 0 -1 1% 0 1% Dunno
Other 2% 0 2% 0 2%
Volatility 6% 4%
WebKit 41% +2 39% +4 35% Safari, Nokia, Android, Dolfin, Bolt
Mobile 2% +1 1% 0 1% Mobile browsing as percentage of all browsing

Big Five overview

Finally, a quick overview of the Big Five in the twelve selected countries.

Big Five browsers Q2 2011 in twelve countries.
Country Safari ch Opera ch Nokia ch Android ch BlackBerry ch
Nigeria - - 88% -2 6% 0 - - - -
India 1% 0 48% -3 21% -8 2% 0 - -
South Korea 7% +3 - - - - 92% -3 - -
Indonesia 1% 0 66% +6 17% +3 5% -1 3% -7
US 42% +3 2% 0 1% -2 39% +1 8% -6
UK 41% +4 3% 0 2% 0 20% +3 32% -6
Mexico 24% +9 22% -6 18% -6 19% +7 8% -2
Brazil 6% +3 22% -3 30% +1 14% +6 1% 0
China 12% 0 2% 0 12% -4 14% +9 - -
Netherlands 46% -1 3% 0 3% -2 41% +4 5% -1
Egypt 5% -1 45% -5 39% +9 3% -1 2% -1
Poland 6% -2 53% +1 9% 0 21% +4 - -

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