It’s instructive to take a good look at some local mobile browser market stats, as always by StatCounter. Today we treat the Netherlands.
There are distinct similarities between the UK, US, and Dutch mobile browser markets. Here, again, about 3 out of 20 website hits come from a mobile browser — the current number for western developed nations. Here, too, we see Safari and Android WebKit leading.
However, in the Netherlands Safari and Android WebKit are very closely matched. In both the US and the UK Safari was clearly larger, though in the UK there was the fudging factor of a decent BlackBerry market share, which is absent in the US and the Netherlands.
Safari and Android WebKit take turns at being in first place, and for the last two quarters Safari has won. I assume that this switching will end now that Chrome is eating into Android WebKit’s share — though in Q3 it seemed to win from Safari. I think this is a statistical artifact, though.
Again, which Chrome are we talking about here? As usual I assume that most of Chrome’s 7% is actually taken by Samsung’s Chrome 18, the default browser on the Galaxy S4 and up, and not Google’s Chrome 30.
Here, too, we see small shares for IE (slowly rising), BlackBerry (slowly falling), and Opera (flat). As in most developed countries, consumers don’t have much use for proxy browsers. Nokia helps IE to a tiny part of the market, and BlackBerry’s position in the Netherlands is roughly equal to the rest of the world.
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Other countries in this series:
Nigeria | India | Indonesia | South Korea | UK | US
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