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Android browser becomes the most popular mobile browser


The Android operating system currently controls the smartphone market, but the Search Giant has just broken another special record. According to StatCounter, the Android browser has just become the most used mobile browser, beating Opera at 22.67% (against 21.7%).

It is interesting to see how many users are utilizing third-party browsers. Such can offer great features and functionality, but we would assume that the general consumer doesn’t put much attention to that. As expected, Android and Opera are followed by the iPhone, Nokia, and Blackberry browsers. The iPhone, rests at 21.06%, while the rest of the browser are down by at least half of the percentage.

There are still many users to convert to Android, and with over 850 thousand activations a day, this number is bound to grow quickly. Especially with Chrome being introduced to Android, which happens to be the most popular browser for PCs, after Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

[Source: StatCounter Via: Tom's Guide]




  • lynyrd65

    What’s with opera being up there? I know it’s popular but not THAT popular.

    • t12lve

      opera made browsers for mobile os while ios was just a lil sperm on the jobby’s bawls

  • http://twitter.com/timmyjoe42 tim bennett

    LOL @ “Dolfin”

  • Schnitzel86

    sure? Because there is a line for “iPhone” and another for “iPod Touch” and both use MobileSafari….

  • abc

    How many of those are new unique activations?

    There have been times I’m tinkering with my phone…wiping, factory resetting, installing a ROM, etc and I can activate my phone up to 10 times in one day.

    Maybe that 850k count is just everyone on XDA messing with their phones? I kid :)
    But no really, are those new unique activations?

    • master94

      I believe its done by meid code so each one is can only be counted once no matter how many roms one flashed.

      • abc

        What about non-CDMA Android devices, or non-3G/4G Tablets, Android music players and similar devices.

        Unless those have MEID codes too, but I don’t think so, not sure.

        Andy Rubin said, “…850,000 phones and tablets per day.”

        Now I’m really curious to know if those are new unique activations.

        • Papapau

          1 activation = 1 google account = 1 user.. yes unique. search google, this is a long ago topic.. if you still want to cry. just go ahead.

  • myepicemailadress

    I wonder if that “other browser(s)” is shit like Samsung’s touchwiz browsers? Does Samsung have enough users using devices overlaid with touchwiz..? And LG with their ui overlay.. Motorola.. Etc. Yes or no?

  • WhatWillisWasTalkinabout

    Dolphin Browser or Bust…Until Chrome comes

  • LawrenceMcatee

    wasn’t actually a fan of dolphin but surprisingly the factory browser is not that bad! I thought I was the only one that thought this haha

  • ahomad hosin

    I think there is confusion in this chart, 
    if you are comparing systems, then what do you mean by opera?
    and if you are comparing browsers, what do you mean by iphone browser?

  • ari_free

    I’m going with firefox beta. I don’t like that it doesn’t have flash yet (use other browsers for that…) and the UI is not quite as good as Dolphin’s (which actually has real tabs and much easier to get to bookmarks and history) but the fact that it syncs with everything on firefox on my pc plus independent addons like adblock help seal the deal.

  • melci

    Actually, StatCounter does not count all iOS devices. 

    When comparing operating systems, iOS comes out with a web browser share 4.4x larger than Android according to NetMarketshare. 

    This is confirmed by all the following metrics firms: 
    - AT Internet reports Android only has 24% the web share of iOS. 
    - Clicky Web Analytics puts Android at 49% of iOS 
    - StatCounter Global Stats rates Android a bit higher at 63% of iOS. 
    - W3Counter puts Android at 39% of iOS Webmasterpro 33% 
    - Wikimedia 36% 

    The Median value comes in with Android having only a third the share or 35% of iOS.

    With Android devices ranging from smartphones with screens ranging up into the 4″, 5″ and even 7″ range, you have to count all devices in these platforms to get any sort of useful comparison.