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iOS' Safari Remains Leading Mobile Browser

By - Source: NetMarketShare | B 24 comments

Chrome for iOS accounts for 0.01 percent of browser usage on iOS last month.

Net Applications' latest statistics see iOS' Safari dominate the top spot in mobile browser usage. Meanwhile, Google's Chrome fails to make its mark on the leader board.

Chrome for iOS was released back in June but the browser accounted for just 0.01 percent of browser usage on the platform in November. On Android, it stood at 4.03 percent, and in the overall mobile market it settled for 1.14 percent of usage. Apple's Safari continues to dominate the market with 61.5 percent of usage. Android's internal browser claimed second place with 26.1 percent of usage in November, representing an increase from 16.4 percent in 2011.

The former No. 2, Opera Mini, saw its share decrease from 20.1 percent in November 2011 to 7.0 percent last month. The browser has remained popular on older-generation handsets but has yet to make a successful transition onto the current generation of smartphones.

Chrome's slow growth on Android devices is due to the fact that products have to be running version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or later to be compatible. Android 4.0 has thus far been installed on 25.8 percent of Android-powered devices.

Mobile browsing, which includes smartphones and tablets, is now responsible for 10.4 percent of all browser usage. Personal computers accounted for 89.3 percent of browser usage in November. Internet Explorer continued its lead with 54.8 percent of usage, while Firefox settled for second place with a 20.4 percent share. Google saw Chrome's share decrease to 17.2 percent, while Safari and Opera have a 5.3 percent and 1.7 percent share, respectively.

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    Stevemeister , December 4, 2012 2:10 AM
    This is helpful. I am an iOS user but did not realize Chrome was available for iOS . . . I do now!
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    the1kingbob , December 4, 2012 1:52 AM
    Dolphin in Desktop mode FTW on jelly bean.
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    ericburnby , December 4, 2012 2:02 AM
    Yet another result that shows more people on iOS use the internet than users on Android despite Android having a larger installed base.

    How many more studies from various companies have to be done before the haters realize what's going on here?
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    Stevemeister , December 4, 2012 2:10 AM
    This is helpful. I am an iOS user but did not realize Chrome was available for iOS . . . I do now!
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    halcyon , December 4, 2012 2:33 AM
    hastenWhats going on is that iOS users are simple computing users and their phone is the primary connection to the internet. On the other hand Android users generally have a personal computer on which they perform work (something impossible for 75% of careers on any i product). Not sure what your post is referring to.

    This doesn't seem possible. The iphone's screen is too small to be selected as the primary connection to the internet. Therefore, flawed logic dictates these people also have an Android tablet or PC.
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    nodeffect , December 4, 2012 2:55 AM
    Can you please change tomshardware.com to appleshardware.com or zakshardware.com? Cuz I think Toms's dead. There are more apple news than any other news combine on this site. Seriously, how is this breaking news?
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    chibiwings , December 4, 2012 3:43 AM
    no more good Tech articles.. this site is getting boring day by day. unlike before theres too much tech news everyday..something to look forward everyday.. .any suggestion for a good tech site..anyone..
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    runswindows95 , December 4, 2012 4:05 AM
    halcyonThis doesn't seem possible. The iphone's screen is too small to be selected as the primary connection to the internet. Therefore, flawed logic dictates these people also have an Android tablet or PC.


    They include tablets, so that also includes the Ipad. It's not uncommon to find houses that only has Ipads/tablets in the house, and not a single PC.
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    jivdis1x , December 4, 2012 4:20 AM
    chrome on iOS play flash.
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    Anonymous , December 4, 2012 4:20 AM
    Seriously? Serving stats from ONE firm that doesn't even include ALL the android devices? It is no secret that the majority of Android devices in the world do not have ICS on them yet, and many never will.
    It seems to me like this Zak guy is just a douchy Apple fanboy actively searching for any sort of biased information to prove the "superiority" of his cult.
    Pathetic.
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    danwat1234 , December 4, 2012 6:44 AM
    What about Firefox for Android?
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    Jigo , December 4, 2012 8:23 AM
    what about sueing apple for installing safari as default browser and not letting chose the user which one to use ?

    /stupid court laws
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    halcyon , December 4, 2012 10:02 AM
    Jigowhat about sueing apple for installing safari as default browser and not letting chose the user which one to use ?/stupid court laws

    While your sentence wasn't all that clear I think I was able to decipher what you meant:

    "What about suing Apple for installing Safari as the default browser and not letting the user choose which one to use?"
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    digiex , December 4, 2012 10:29 AM
    Still, another ads by Apple.
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    applerocks , December 4, 2012 1:24 PM
    ericburnbyYet another result that shows more people on iOS use the internet than users on Android despite Android having a larger installed base.How many more studies from various companies have to be done before the haters realize what's going on here?


    Oh they are going to need a lot more studies before you get past the blind hatred on this website.
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    becherovka , December 4, 2012 2:11 PM
    I would think more people use dolphin or Firefox than chrome on android.
    I think these statistics are BS the origin of them was saying that android is 74% market share and yet they only looked at US for shopping on mobile US is not 74% android. There are too many holes.
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    Anonymous , December 4, 2012 2:35 PM
    Safari is good enough, why would iOS users bother with another browser? How advanced of a browser do you need to simply do a Facebook check-in from some restaurant (seems like at least half my iOS friends FBook updates are simply stuff like that)
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    ericburnby , December 4, 2012 2:46 PM
    hastenWhats going on is that iOS users are simple computing users and their phone is the primary connection to the internet. On the other hand Android users generally have a personal computer on which they perform work (something impossible for 75% of careers on any i product). Not sure what your post is referring to.

    Bull. Every single person I know with an iPhone or iPad also owns a computer, most of them Windows PC's.

    NDC released their data for Black Friday today. Android tablets saw a 177% increase from last year, but average price went from $219 to $151. Imagine that, the average price for an Android tablet is $151.

    All this data points to the same conclusion. For every higher end Android tablet or phone sold there are a bunch of low-end devices that people don't even use. Today there are numerous Android phones available in the US with tiny 320x240 screens running Android 2.3. You think those users browse the Internet?

    I don't know why Android users seem to think everyone owns a GS3 or similar device. The minority of Android devices sold are low end phones that people use as feature phones.
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    ericburnby , December 4, 2012 2:47 PM
    Correction: The "majority" not minority.
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    john15v16 , December 4, 2012 3:41 PM
    Zak, those results look baked. goto http://gs.statcounter.com to see more reliable and accurate results...
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    Solandri , December 4, 2012 3:55 PM
    ericburnbyYet another result that shows more people on iOS use the internet than users on Android despite Android having a larger installed base.

    How many more studies from various companies have to be done before the haters realize what's going on here?

    It took me a while to figure out what's going on. Net Applications normalizes its web stats for unique visitors. If someone visits a website 30x in a month (once a day), they only count as one visitor - exactly the same as someone who visits a website once a month. So roughly 2.5x as many iOS users browse the web as Android users (down from 4x).

    The picture looks very different if you don't normalize for unique visitors. Statcounter draws its stats from 3 million websites (vs. about 40,000 for Net Applications), and does not normalize for unique visitors. They count raw number of website visits.
    http://gs.statcounter.com/#mobile_browser-ww-monthly-201111-201211

    Android passed iOS back around the beginning of the year and has been steadily pulling ahead. In other words, despite having only about 1/3rd the number of users browsing the web as iOS, that smaller number of Android users do more web browsing than all iOS users combined.

    So what's going on is that the iOS users are the kind who'll occasionally browse the web on their phone or tablet. A large portion of Android users don't browse the web at all, but the small portion who do do it a lot. So much that they do more browsing than all iOS users combined. So most of your heavy power users and people using their devices as an alternative to a computer are on Android. Most of your luddite users who just want a smartphone for the non-web features are on Android. iOS is stuck in between with mostly luddite users who occasionally browse the web.
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