Here are the mobile browser traffic market share figures from StatCounter. This entry gives the stats for December 2010, Q4 2010, and all of 2010, and compares them to November, Q3, and 2009. I plan to repeat this feature each month, and to report quarterly and yearly figures when appropriate. (Not that you need me; you can easily crunch the data for yourself.)
The yearly results are the real eye-opener: in 2010 mobile browsing accounted for 3% of all browsing. That’s not a whole lot, but compare it to 2009, when only 1% of website traffic came from mobile devices. 2010 has seen a tripling of the mobile share.
Safari lost 9% of market share this year, and all WebKit-based browsers combined lost 5%. I expected Safari to lose ground: more and more non-iPhone users go surfing, too. I didn’t expect Safari to lose quite this much, though. And I certainly did not expect WebKit as a whole to lose market share. The WebKit downward movement is being halted in recent months, though.
Predictably, Android is on a major winning streak: its market share tripled during 2010. BlackBerry, however, doubled its share, and that fact has received far less attention. Android’s growth can be explained by exploding sales, but BlackBerry’s can’t. Apparently BlackBerry users started to surf the web more in 2010.
Incidentally, it’s mostly the advent of BlackBerry that caused WebKit to go down. Once BB6, which is WebKit-based, gains relative to the older BlackBerry browsers, the downward trend of WebKit will be reversed.
Nokia slowly slides downward. Make no mistake, though: it could just as easily win hugely in 2011 because Symbian users go online, just as BlackBerry users have done. On the other hand, they might not. Or they could download Opera.
Opera is slowly losing ground. See its market shares: over the year: 24%, over the quarter: 22%, over the month: 20%. Opera is the browser of choice of non-smartphone users, and they are declining relative to smartphone users.
Here are the figures for December 2010, compared to those for November 2010.
|Safari||23%||+1||iPhone and iPod Touch. iPad not included.|
|Opera||20%||-2||Mini and Mobile combined|
|BlackBerry||18%||-1||WebKit-based BB6 browser still marginal|
|Android||13%||+2||This figure might include Android tablets. On the other hand, it might not.|
|Samsung||2%||+1||All non-Android Samsung browsers (mainly bada)|
|UCWeb||1%||0||Most popular mobile browser in China|
|Other||3%||0||IE, Obigo, Gecko-based, Palm, etc.|
|WebKit||54%||+3||Safari, Nokia, Android, Samsung|
|Mobile||4%||0||Mobile browsing as percentage of all browsing|
Here are the figures for Q4 2010, compared to those for Q3 2010:
|Android||12%||+3||Android is clearly on a winning streak|
|WebKit||52%||0||Safari, Nokia, Android, Samsung|
|Mobile||4%||+1||Mobile browsing as percentage of all browsing|
And finally the figures for 2010 as a whole, compared to those for 2009 as a whole:
|Safari||25%||-9||The big loser. More and more non-iPhone-users surf the web, too.|
|Opera||24%||-1||Slow decline. I think it’s mostly due to the disappointing Q4 figures.|
|WebKit||51%||-5||Safari, Nokia, Android, Samsung|
In 2009 Sony PSP (NetFront-based) and Openwave still held 2% of the market each, while Samsung and UCWeb weren’t big enough yet to be counted separately.
I use StatCounter as a source. As soon as I say that the following dialogue ensues:
So I use StatCounter.
The major drawback of this method is that changes in small market shares may look inflated due to rounding. However, the advantage is that it takes me less time. Besides, I don’t want to pretend my figures are precise enough to give two decimals, as StatCounter does.
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