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Android Browser Now World's Most Popular Mobile Browser

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Google's default browser in Android has become the most popular mobile browser in February.

Data released by Internet analytics firm StatCounter shows that Android eclipsed Opera for the first time with a 22.67 percent versus 21.7 percent advantage. Apple's Safari version for iPhone follows with 21.06 percent.

All other browsers play minor roles, including Nokia's Symbian browser with 11.24 percent and RIM's Blackberry browser with 6.53 percent.

In the desktop browser market, Google's Chrome kept adding market share and landed at 29.84 percent for February, while Microsoft's IE dropped to 35.75 percent. Google is already approaching IE market on weekends, when the browser is now capturing more than 32 percent market share, while Microsoft has dropped below 33 percent, according to StatCounter. Mozilla's Firefox appears to have found some ground under its feet and has stabilize just below 25 percent market share (24.88 percent in February).

At least according to the trend revealed by StatCounter, there is a good chance that Chrome will be surpassing IE market share for the first time next weekend.

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    Anonymous , March 3, 2012 1:31 AM
    graph is showing desktop browsers???
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    Anonymous , March 3, 2012 1:31 AM
    graph is showing desktop browsers???
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    soldier37 , March 3, 2012 1:48 AM
    All I can see from that graph is Chrome is winning out and getting higher.
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    Anonymous , March 3, 2012 1:53 AM
    I don't see android or safari in graph, strange.....
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    livebriand , March 3, 2012 3:33 AM
    On the mobile side, I doubt most people bother with alternatives. On the desktop side, I'm glad to see IE share dropping (that browser is total crap anyway) but don't like that Chrome is gaining - Google makes their money off stalking, I mean tracking, people online, so why should I trust them? I use Firefox. It has the best addons anyway (Chrome is ok, but you can't have things like stratiform that completely change the UI and things like Ghostery can't block as effectively; it's better than IE at least which has nothing good).
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    captaincharisma , March 3, 2012 3:54 AM
    livebriandOn the mobile side, I doubt most people bother with alternatives. On the desktop side, I'm glad to see IE share dropping (that browser is total crap anyway) but don't like that Chrome is gaining - Google makes their money off stalking, I mean tracking, people online, so why should I trust them? I use Firefox. It has the best addons anyway (Chrome is ok, but you can't have things like stratiform that completely change the UI and things like Ghostery can't block as effectively; it's better than IE at least which has nothing good).well whats left for browsers:? firefox and opera are not looking that great these days


    well whats left for browsers:? firefox and opera are not looking that great these days. google stalking with chrome? do you have a tinfoil hat on your head too?
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    skaz , March 3, 2012 4:03 AM
    Just wish they would add a way to export/import bookmarks.
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    CKKwan , March 3, 2012 4:47 AM
    I only hope Chrome don't get any fatter. It was lint and nice a few years ago....
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    halcyon , March 3, 2012 8:06 AM
    I still liking the Android browser better than Chrome for Android. CfA is still quite a bit buggy while the stock browser is just fine.
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    billybobser , March 3, 2012 8:35 AM
    I guess Android browser is popular for the same reason IE is, it comes pre installed.

    The fact that opera is doing so well demonstrates it's quality, as people have to look for and install it, and doesn't piggyback on program installs like Chrome does for the desktop.
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    house70 , March 3, 2012 10:34 AM
    billybobserI guess Android browser is popular for the same reason IE is, it comes pre installed.The fact that opera is doing so well demonstrates it's quality, as people have to look for and install it, and doesn't piggyback on program installs like Chrome does for the desktop.

    Unfortunately, Opera Mobile 's latest iteration is also buggy as hell, crashes often. People have been complaining about it since last update. Hope they get their act together soon. I don't like to use default browsers either.
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    kawininjazx , March 3, 2012 12:49 PM
    skazJust wish they would add a way to export/import bookmarks.


    Don't you export to an HTML file then import it in?
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    ronka , March 3, 2012 1:18 PM
    it just cant beat Opera, if android users know there are other than stock browser, Opera mobile or mini will be on top.. i mean REAL on top
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    rakesh_toms , March 3, 2012 1:49 PM
    ronkait just cant beat Opera, if android users know there are other than stock browser, Opera mobile or mini will be on top.. i mean REAL on top

    Agree 100 percent. Using opera as i am typing from a 2 years old Android phone running froyo. Full sites are just smooth and so usable. But Opera can use more memory than 512 mb on most old phones. That can cause occasional crashes.
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    ivyanev , March 3, 2012 2:41 PM
    Opera Mini is really light on bandwidth: who needs unlimited internet on a phone.
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    blazorthon , March 3, 2012 3:44 PM
    rakesh_tomsAgree 100 percent. Using opera as i am typing from a 2 years old Android phone running froyo. Full sites are just smooth and so usable. But Opera can use more memory than 512 mb on most old phones. That can cause occasional crashes.


    I use Opera mini on my Samsung Transform that has less than 256MB (it says it has 161MB, but I'm not sure because of the odd number). It doesn't crash on me. Did you only mean the regular Opera for Android when you said 512MB?

    I know Opera mini has some trouble with some stuff. Mine refuses to work well with pictures, it always shrinks them down to a very small size and I can't see them well enough because of that. When I want to see pictures, I'm stuck using another browser despite Opera mini being faster.
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    del35 , March 4, 2012 1:21 AM
    I use the Dolphin browser. i
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    refraction , March 5, 2012 10:08 AM
    I personally much prepher Dolphin HD in my HTC Desire, far more functional and usable than the default browser.
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    halcyon , March 5, 2012 11:53 AM
    I'll have to try Dolphin
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    maximus81 , March 5, 2012 12:20 PM
    Dolphin HD is my browser choice. Fast and easy to use and never crashes on me. What else do you need.
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    Anonymous , March 6, 2012 7:51 PM
    The reason that Opera's market share is so high is because older phone OSes use Opera as a base for the built in browser, not because people are choosing to use it in favor of the built in browser on their smartphone.
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