Browser stats for Q3 2012

It’s time for some browser stats; as always according to StatCounter. The Q3 stats are moderately interesting, both on the mobile and on the desktop side.

Mobile

On the mobile side Opera loses three points and ends up slightly behind Safari and Android. It remains to be seen whether this is a hiccup or the start of a trend. Opera has had such hiccups before, and might easily reverse itself next quarter.

Chrome appears on the radar with a rounded market share of 1%. Firefox remains just barely below the radar at 0.44%. No doubt it will appear next quarter.

Q3 2012 mobile browser stats
Browser Q3 2012 ch Q2 2012 ch Q1 2012 ch Q4 2011
Safari 24% 0 24% 0 24% +1 23%
Android 24% +2 22% 0 22% +2 20%
Opera 19% -3 22% -1 23% 0 23%
Nokia 10% -1 11% -1 12% 0 12%
UC 8% 0 8% +2 6% +1 5%
BlackBerry 4% -1 5% -1 6% -2 8%
NetFront 4% 0 4% +1 3% 0 3%
Dolfin 1% 0 1% 0 1% 0 1%
IE 1% 0 1% +1 0 0 0
Samsung 1% 0 1% 0 1% 0 1%
Chrome 1% +1 0 0 0 0 0
Other 3% +2 1% -1 2% -2 4%
Volatility 5% 4% 4%
Mobile 12% +2 10% +1 9% +2 7%

Desktop

On the desktop side Chrome steals two points from IE Firefox, and that’s it. Still, it makes Chrome now officially the largest desktop browser. Everybody waited for that to happen, but it has now actually happened.

Global desktop browser stats, quarterly
Browser Q3 2012 ch Q2 2012 ch Q1 2012 ch Q4 2011
Chrome 34% +2 32% +2 30% +4 26%
IE 33% 0 33% -3 36% -4 40%
Firefox 23% -2 25% 0 25% -1 26%
Safari 7% 0 7% 0 7% +1 6%
Opera 2% 0 2% 0 2% 0 2%
Others 1% 0 1% +1 0 0 0
Volatility 2% 3% 5%

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