Apple's Safari Now Claims More Than Half of All Mobile Browsing
Apple's Safari continues to be the king of the mobile browsing jungle, according to new data compiled and presented by analytics firm Net Applications.
Here's the scoop: Safari, which we all know is the default browser on all iOS mobile devices, successfully powered better than half (52.99 percent to be precise) of all mobile browsing initiated during the month of August 2011.
Opera Mini came in second with a distant 20.77 percent. Google's Android browser finished third with 15.73 percent. Symbian (5.83 percent), BlackBerry (2.90 percent) and Opera Mobile (0.58 percent) rounded out the last-place finishers.
Incredibly, as of just last fall, Safari was only responsible for 44.3 percent of mobile browsing. Having jumped close to 9.0 percent since the end of 2010 is truly remarkable, particularly when one considers the growing competition among the makers of today's leading smartphones and mobile operating systems.
While Apple and Android gained by roughly equal percentages, Opera Mini experienced the biggest drop over the last ten months, falling from 32.4 percent last October to 20.8 percent in August of this year. BlackBerry and Symbian similarly lost ground by only by fractional margins.
Source: Net Applications