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April 1, 2013

Safari No. 1 Mobile Browser, IE Tops for Desktop

Safari not only remains the top mobile browser, it has regained some of the Web traffic it lost to Android in February.

Apple’s iOS browser nabbed 61.79 percent of all mobile browser Web traffic in March — a significant leap from the 55.41 percent using the browser in February, Net Applications found.

Safari had a strong lead over all the other browsers, including Android  which placed second with a 21.86 percent share. Opera Mini took third with 8.4 percent, while Chrome took 2.43 percent and Microsoft Internet Explorer took 1.99 percent. BlackBerry had 0.91 percent and Symbian just 0.54 percent. Other browsers made up 2.08 percent of Web traffic.

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Net Application image — Mobile browsers


Although Safari is far and away the most-used browser, its popularity seems to have plateau-ed in the past year while the Android browser, Internet Explorer (IE) and Google Chrome have all increased their respective mobile market shares.

With the ever-increasing popularity of Samsung Smartphones, all of which are powered by Google’s Android, it is not a big surprise that the usage of Android and Chrome has increased.

And, with Internet Explorer being the default browser on its new Windows 8 phones, it makes sense that IE would have gained some popularity as well.

When it comes to desktop, however, Safari takes a backseat to IE, which enjoyed a 55.83 percent share of all desktop browser Web traffic in March.

Net Application image — Desktop browsers

All of the players have remained static for the past few months, including IE.

Firefox took the second-place slot with 20.21 percent of traffic, followed by Chrome with 16.45 percent.

Although Chrome appeared poised to overtake Firefox last year, its popularity has waned while Firefox’s share has remained steady.

Safari, with 5.31 percent, led the less than 10 percent crowd, followed by Opera with 1.74 percent, Mozilla 0.03 percent and other 0.02 percent, while 0.23 percent were undetectable.