Once more Scientia Mobile sent me their Android WebView stats over the third quarter. I edited them slightly and put them online.
There’s not much news to report: the majority of Android devices runs the latest or latest-but-one Chromium for their WebView. The September data shows the move from 52 to 53 is underway, but not yet completed.
Android WebKit has dropped to 10% share; clearly the replacement of old phones is proceeding. (Then again, remember these stats have a Western bias. I’m not saying the same is happening in developing countries.)
The only thing that somewhat surprises me is that the long tail of older Chromium WebViews keeps on getting longer. They don’t have a lot of market share, but I expected oldies such as Chromium 18 to disappear completely. As of right now that hasn’t happened yet.
Anyway, I do not expect serious surprises here. Google’s promise of an evergreen Chromium-based WebView is being kept, and there’s no reason to assume that the move to newer and newer versions will stop any time soon.
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