The above graph represents the monthly distribution of the world’s top 10 mobile browser market share. The world’s most popular mobile browsers include Google Chrome, Safari, Samsung Internet, UC Browser, Opera, Android Browser, etc. Interestingly, the top 3 mobile browsers are currently dominating over 89% of the market, leaving other browsers to compete for the remaining 11% of the global mobile browsing market.

Mobile Browser Market Share: History

RegionWorldwide
SourceStatCounter
Last Updated18 October 2019
Graph ID512
DurationJan 2009 – Oct 2019

According to the StatCounter, Chrome accounted for a whopping 62.03% of the total mobile browser market worldwide as of September 2019. That’s a significant 1.17% month-over-month and 4.59% year-over-year growth in the Chrome browser market share on mobile devices.

Apple’s Safari browser is the world’s second widely used mobile browser. The market share of Safari increased to 20.55% in September 2019, from 20.25% in August 2019 and a 18.94% in September 2018.

With a 6.45% market share, Samsung Internet is the world’s third most popular browser for mobile devices as of September 2019. Samsung Internet is a mobile web browser for smartphones and tablets developed by Samsung Electronics only. January 2019 was the first time when Samsung Internet overtook UC browser in terms of market share.

Surprisingly, Opera, which once ruled the worldwide mobile browser market, now has only 2.72% share. Opera browser market share on mobile devices declined from 23.86% in October 2013 to just 8.73% in October 2014.

The usage of other mobile browsers such as Nokia, Blackberry, Android, etc. declined over the last 10 years.

About Web Browsers: Additional Information

A web browser is a software application that people use for accessing the information on the World Wide Web (www). The popular web browsers include Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera, Edge, etc.

The world’s first web browser – WorldWideWeb (later renamed to Nexus) – was created in 1990 by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. However, it was discontinued in 1994.

On August 16, 1995, Microsoft released Internet Explorer, which soon became the world’s widely used web browser across all platforms. In fact, due to its immense popularity, the market share of Internet Explorer browser even peaked at over 95% in 2002. However, its usage of Microsoft IE started declining slowly after the launch of Firefox in 2004 and Google Chrome in 2008.

Currently, Google Chrome is the world’s most used web browser across all platforms such as desktop/laptop, mobile, and tablet.

Apple released Safari browser on January 7, 2003. Safari comes as the default browser on all Apple devices including iPhones, iPads, Macbooks, etc.


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