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iOS' Safari Remains Leading Mobile Browser

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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  • the1kingbob
    Dolphin in Desktop mode FTW on jelly bean.
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  • ericburnby
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    chrome on iOS play flash.
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  • 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
    What about Firefox for Android?
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